Rail fares going up

Some rail passengers across the South could end up paying £10,000 a year to get to work over the next 12 months.

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Rail fares: Where does the money go?

Train companies retain an average of just 3p from every pound paid for rail tickets, with the vast majority of revenue going on maintenance, staff costs and investment in the rail network, according to figures released by the industry association the Rail Delivery Group:

On average, train companies make a 3p profit in every pound on rail tickets sold. Credit: railfares2014.com/RDG

Fare increases can't rectify neglect, say Rail Experts

Transport experts have revealed that the decades of neglect on the railway cannot be rectified by short term Government investments.

Ministers recently announced a billion pound investment into infrastructure projects across the country, including Crossrail and HS2.

In a new book, Professors Jon Shaw and Ian Docherty have said these measures do not address the fact that the UK is still behind Europe in terms of its rail system.

They say investment will need to be sustained if UK passengers are to experience the same levels of comfort enjoyed by their continental counterparts.

It’s true we’re seeing impressive levels of investment in the railways at the moment – more than I can ever remember, actually – but there was no real alternative given how little we’ve spent in the last decades. At least this year passengers see some relief as regulated fares will rise only in line with inflation, but we’re still getting appalling value for money. Let’s not let this piece of good news deflect from the fact that further increased investment will be needed to ensure our rail network is fit for purpose in the future.”

– Jon Shaw, Professor of Transport Geography at Plymouth University

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Rail fares are going up

Some rail passengers across the South could end up paying a staggering £10,000 a year to get to work over the next 12 months. An annual ticket from Swindon to London will cost around £8000 without tube fares and car parking.

The 3.1% rise is for regulated fares which include season tickets. The increase on unregulated fares, typically off-peak leisure tickets, is not capped.

But a number of these fares, including some on the East Coast route, are going up by much less than 3.1%, with the overall rise in tickets - regulated and unregulated - being 2.8%.

Here are examples of rail fare rises.

Basingstoke-London £4,076

Folkestone Central -London £4,984

Deal-London £5,012

West Malling-London £3,996

Guildford-London £3,320

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