Fares up but 'no improvement'

This week's rail fare rise comes at a time of "no perceptible improvement in services", the Railfuture campaign group said today. The average season ticket increase of 4.2%, takes effect on Wednesday, the 10th above-inflation increase in a row.

Rail and tube fares up

The Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) has said the overall average rise, including non-season tickets, will be 3.9% on Wednesday, with some fares not going up as much as this.

But with some non-season-ticket unregulated fares allowed to be increased by an unlimited amount, Railfuture said that some fares could be going up by around 11% or 12%.

From Wednesday, fares are also going up by an average of 4.2% on the Underground and on London buses.

Petrol tax is frozen and overall the cost of driving remains static. How does this help persuade people out of their cars and ease congestion? Where is the green policy?

– Bruce Williamson, Railfuture spokesperson

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