Commuters hit by rail fare hikes - are you affected?

Communters hit by rail fare hikes -  are you affected?

Communters hit by rail fare hikes - are you affected?

First published in News

MILLIONS of rail travellers faced higher ticket costs as inflation-busting fare rises took effect today.

Regulated fares, which include season tickets, are increasing by an average of 4.2%, with the overall average rise for all tickets being 3.9%.

Campaign groups have pointed out the latest increase is the 10th successive above-inflation rise, with some rail season ticket holders seeing their fares rise by more than 50% in the last 10 years. Also, the TUC has said that fares have risen far faster than wages since the recession in 2008.

Train companies can put some season tickets up by more than 4.2% as long as the overall average does not exceed 4.2%. So, for example, a Leeds to Wakefield season ticket is rising 6.16%, while a Ludlow to Hereford season ticket is increasing 5.28%.

The Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) said it recognised nobody liked paying more for their journey. But it added that railway funding could only come from taxpayers or from passengers "and the Government's policy remains that a bigger share must come from people who use the train".

Transport Minister Norman Baker said the Government had reduced fare rises planned for January 2013 and January 2014 from RPI plus 3% to RPI plus 1%.

He added: "We are engaged in the biggest rail investment programme since the 19th century and it is only right that the passenger, as well as the taxpayer, contributes towards that. In the longer term, we are determined to reduce the cost of running the railways so that we can end the era of above-inflation fare rises."

Labour highlighted the fact that some season tickets are allowed to rise by more than the 4.2% average. Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle said: "David Cameron misled commuters when he promised to cap fare rises at 1% above inflation. The Government should come clean with commuters that this is a direct result of their decision to cave in to pressure from the private train companies to let them hike ticket prices beyond the so-called cap."

Have you been hit by the hike in rail fares? Let us know at newsdesk@southwalesargus.co.uk or call 01633 777226. 

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10:12pm Wed 2 Jan 13

dodo777 says...

Just shows how out of touch and ruthless tories are sqeezing as much as they can out of joe public while they are enjoying the high life on tax payers money.
The tories will continue to take money off people in so many ways till civil unrest and social breakdown rears it's ugly head .They have always followed the same pattern every time they get in.
MARK MY WORDS.
Just shows how out of touch and ruthless tories are sqeezing as much as they can out of joe public while they are enjoying the high life on tax payers money. The tories will continue to take money off people in so many ways till civil unrest and social breakdown rears it's ugly head .They have always followed the same pattern every time they get in. MARK MY WORDS. dodo777
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10:51pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Llanmartinangel says...

What a load of tripe. The government is subsidising rail services out of tax payers money. That means those of us who don't use them pay for those who do.
What a load of tripe. The government is subsidising rail services out of tax payers money. That means those of us who don't use them pay for those who do. Llanmartinangel
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1:55am Thu 3 Jan 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

But tax payers also use rail services and are made to face higher fares as well as the regular taxes you mention Llanmartinangle so then such rail service users are actually paying twice for them. Perhaps big businesses like Starbucks et al should be obligated to pay the expenses of their workers with regard to getting to and from work as a way of saying 'sorry' for their tax dodging antics?
But tax payers also use rail services and are made to face higher fares as well as the regular taxes you mention Llanmartinangle so then such rail service users are actually paying twice for them. Perhaps big businesses like Starbucks et al should be obligated to pay the expenses of their workers with regard to getting to and from work as a way of saying 'sorry' for their tax dodging antics? Katie Re-Registered
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3:31am Thu 3 Jan 13

chelsea fatboy says...

Just a shame the companies that run the services around here, Arriva Trains Wales & First Great Western can`t provide a decent service for those that need to use the train, it would be great to get a train from Newport or even Risca that could get me into Cardiff at 0530, but no they cant, they just seem happy to provide a decent service during the day for the benefit of the shoppers and anyone else who doesn`t work
Just a shame the companies that run the services around here, Arriva Trains Wales & First Great Western can`t provide a decent service for those that need to use the train, it would be great to get a train from Newport or even Risca that could get me into Cardiff at 0530, but no they cant, they just seem happy to provide a decent service during the day for the benefit of the shoppers and anyone else who doesn`t work chelsea fatboy
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10:17am Thu 3 Jan 13

pwharley says...

No. I don't commute.

I just make varied journeys by train, so am not (presumably?) affected.
No. I don't commute. I just make varied journeys by train, so am not (presumably?) affected. pwharley
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11:05am Thu 3 Jan 13

Cymru Am Beth says...

dodo777 wrote:
Just shows how out of touch and ruthless tories are sqeezing as much as they can out of joe public while they are enjoying the high life on tax payers money. The tories will continue to take money off people in so many ways till civil unrest and social breakdown rears it's ugly head .They have always followed the same pattern every time they get in. MARK MY WORDS.
The fares were going up above inflation when Labour were in power.
Labour have always followed the same pattern when they get in.
Tax and spend then worry about it later.
Tories come in and have to clear up the mess the socialists have made.
Unfortunately this cannot be done in 5 years, so Labour will get in again and the debts will rise.
They had 13 years in power during which they managed to amass the greatest debt mountain this country has ever known.
Hardly a recommendation for a return to government is it?
[quote][p][bold]dodo777[/bold] wrote: Just shows how out of touch and ruthless tories are sqeezing as much as they can out of joe public while they are enjoying the high life on tax payers money. The tories will continue to take money off people in so many ways till civil unrest and social breakdown rears it's ugly head .They have always followed the same pattern every time they get in. MARK MY WORDS.[/p][/quote]The fares were going up above inflation when Labour were in power. Labour have always followed the same pattern when they get in. Tax and spend then worry about it later. Tories come in and have to clear up the mess the socialists have made. Unfortunately this cannot be done in 5 years, so Labour will get in again and the debts will rise. They had 13 years in power during which they managed to amass the greatest debt mountain this country has ever known. Hardly a recommendation for a return to government is it? Cymru Am Beth
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11:59am Thu 3 Jan 13

deafbystereo says...

I am affected. I work in Cardiff so use the train nearly every day whilst I am at work.
And yes, I am going to moan. my daily return ticket has now potentially added an additional £16 onto my monthly outgoings.
I hardly drink or smoke so I can't cut back that way. So how do I find the money eh Mr Cameron??
Our pockets are not as well lined as yours and your friends in Westminster.
I would also like to know of the consequences for Arriva of late and cancelled trains....there hardly ever seems to be an explanation when a late train finally arrives but we have to some how explain it away when we get into work late (again).
What other job can you get away with by fairly frequently being late or not bothering to provide the service expected....hundreds of people get affected and inconvenienced and now we have to pay more for that displeasure!
Thanks camers, thanks arriva
I am affected. I work in Cardiff so use the train nearly every day whilst I am at work. And yes, I am going to moan. my daily return ticket has now potentially added an additional £16 onto my monthly outgoings. I hardly drink or smoke so I can't cut back that way. So how do I find the money eh Mr Cameron?? Our pockets are not as well lined as yours and your friends in Westminster. I would also like to know of the consequences for Arriva of late and cancelled trains....there hardly ever seems to be an explanation when a late train finally arrives but we have to some how explain it away when we get into work late (again). What other job can you get away with by fairly frequently being late or not bothering to provide the service expected....hundreds of people get affected and inconvenienced and now we have to pay more for that displeasure! Thanks camers, thanks arriva deafbystereo
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