The Campaign for Better Transport has called on the Government to do more to stop runaway rail fares affecting many across our region.
The campaign is calling on the Government to create a new formula to end the increasing fare rises.
If Government had raised fares by CPI inflation alone between 2011 and 2014, from January selected fares would be lower than actual fares by the following amounts:
Basingstoke to London - £336 cheaper
Colchester to London - £228 cheaper
Southampton to London - £352 cheaper
Government should stop using RPI to calculate ticket prices. It over-estimates real inflation so consistently that the Office of National Statistics has dropped it as an official measure. Government has already switched to CPI for most things. Doing the same for train fares would have little impact on railway revenues, but it would save passengers money and bring fares into line with things like public sector pensions."
– Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of the Campaign for Better Transport
Southern commuters will face a fare rise of 2.87% and Gatwick Express fares will be frozen at the 2013 prices.
The average fare rise will come into effect on 2nd January 2014.
Southern’s Commercial Director, Alex Foulds said: “There is good news for all of our season ticket holders as we have chosen not to use flex, meaning that all our season ticket holders will pay a lower increase.
"It’s also great news for our Gatwick Express passengers as we are freezing fares on the route, and for those looking for cheap off-peak travel, we continue to freeze our cheapest Advance fare at just £5.”
Rail fares in the region for commuters will go up by 3.1 per cent from January, it has just confirmed.
It will bring a season ticket from Reading to London to more than £4,000 a year for the first time.
Across the county the average increase will be 2.8 per cent but commuter tickets will rise slightly more.
Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group which speaks on behalf of the rail industry, said:
“We strongly support the Government’s decision to introduce a real term freeze in the average price of Season tickets next year. The lowest increase across all fares for four years shows the industry's determination to maintain the phenomenal growth in rail travel since the mid-1990."
Half a million rail passengers in the region who buy season tickets will today find out today exactly how much fares will rise in January. Train companies are publishing the increases which the Governent decided will be 3.1 % in line with inflation.
It means between £1 and £200 a year more for a typical passenger.