Commuters face fares shock

Tuesday, August 18 2009


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With UK rail fares being the highest in Europe, British railway commuters have become used to annual price hikes well above inflation. One or two enterprising travellers have even started printing their own tickets, but it seems that, if caught by a ticket inspector, the practice could land you in jail.

Imagine then the shock when commuters read in their evening newspapers or switch on their TVs that Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis, has announced that ticket prices are set to fall next year!

Today’s RPI figure of -1.4% means that the majority of regulated rail fares, including most commuter fares, will fall in January.

This is good news. For the first time in a generation passengers across the country will see their fares fall. Drops in fares should encourage more people to travel by train, which is good for the economy and the environment.

In addition I am removing train operators’ ability to increase individual fares next year by up to 5% above the national fare change. This means most regulated fares will fall in line with the national fare change, which will be welcomed by passengers.

(Source COI)


One comment

  1. Enterprising people printing their own tickets — there comes to mind something read long ago, about legal proceedings taken about a century ago by (I think) the Great Northern Railway, against a gentleman who made frequent journeys between London and the West Riding of Yorkshire — he had some kind of annual season-ticket-equivalent for this travel. He was finally caught out for having, for many years, very skilfully forged this annual ticket.

    The real beauty of the story is, that this guy was a lay preacher, whose journeys were for the purpose of preaching in his “target zone”. Am not mentioning this to be anti-Christian (the religion, not Mr. Wolmar) — just to observe about the odd mixture of virtue and vice, which humans often come up with.

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