Rail price rises are branded unfair

Rail price rises are branded unfair

Rail price rises are branded unfair

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NEW Year train fares are due to jump yet again – with a 3.5 per cent price hike announced yesterday with the most recent inflation figures.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the retail price index (RPI), the monthly measure for inflation, came in at 2.5 per cent in July, which sets the formula for regulated rail fare increases.

Under the formula fares will rise at one per cent above the RPI. Yesterday’s announcement is due to take effect for rail fares in January 2015.

The price index is up from 1.9 per cent in June, with downward trends seen in clothing and alcohol sales.

These falls have been offset by a sharp rise in transport sector inflation.

The announcement comes after annual season tickets for rail services between Swindon and London broke the £8,000 mark this January after a 4.1 per cent increase.

The latest rise is expected to add around £280 to a Swindon to London season ticket, and bring the cost of an off-peak single from Swindon to London Paddington to around £27.

A standard return would set commuters back about £45.50, with a first class return coming in at £128.

Services between Chippenham and Bristol Temple Meads are set to rise to £32 for a standard return, and a return from Great Bedwyn to London Paddington will come in at £34.

Chris Watts, who set up campaign group Fair Fares 4 Swindon, and now works with the GMB, said: “While this is a lesser increase than the last four years we have seen an average of a 20 per cent increase, which is just more pain for people using the railways. There is a point at which we have to say that the franchise system is not working.

“We have got the highest prices in Europe, and it needs a brave governement to step forward and review the whole system. At a time when people are really hurting there are people out there making hay while the sun shines and taking advantage of the situation. There are all sorts of things which could be done and electrifying the railways should decrease prices as rolling stock is cheaper to maintain. The problem is they are still heavily subsidised, so we need to ask where that money is going. They are taking our money with one hand and charging more to passengers with the other, and they can’t have it both ways.”

Justin Tomlinson, North Swindon MP, said work was being done to keep prices for Swindon commuters at a low, with rail fare caps at one per cent over the past two years.

“During the last two years the government rightly capped fare rises and myself and Robert Buckland will work hard to lobby for that for a third year in a row,” he said.

“This government will be committed to doing that for a third year, and the reason why is that in the last two years of the Labour government we saw hikes of more than 10 per cent in each of those years. That was not fair for hard-pressed commuters, especially when incomes were not rising.

“We will be committed to pegging back these rises and will work hard to make sure that is the case.

“Robert and I have successfully worked with First Great Western to make sure these rises have been below the average for the town, particularly when we found tickets to Didcot would be more expensive than those to London.”

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10:09am Wed 20 Aug 14

mrwoo says...

Justin, you are a tool! I was paying £470 month to Reading last year and ended up renting my house and moving to cut costs. Over £10k a year to London, looks like you've done a good job. NOT! Still as an MP you don't have to pay.
Justin, you are a tool! I was paying £470 month to Reading last year and ended up renting my house and moving to cut costs. Over £10k a year to London, looks like you've done a good job. NOT! Still as an MP you don't have to pay. mrwoo
  • Score: 1

11:33am Wed 20 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

More of the usual guff from Tory boy Tomlinson. Ask him why Swindon travellers heading to London are better off buying a ticket to didcot then another to London from there. Swindon rail travellers are being ripped off if they do not know about that. Add this to crammed trains at extortionate prices. The government of that hag Thatcher caused this mess.
More of the usual guff from Tory boy Tomlinson. Ask him why Swindon travellers heading to London are better off buying a ticket to didcot then another to London from there. Swindon rail travellers are being ripped off if they do not know about that. Add this to crammed trains at extortionate prices. The government of that hag Thatcher caused this mess. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: -3

1:12pm Wed 20 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

""""Chris Watts, who set up campaign group Fair Fares 4 Swindon, and now works with the GMB, said: “While this is a lesser increase than the last four years we have seen an average of a 20 per cent increase, which is just more pain for people using the railways. There is a point at which we have to say that the franchise system is not working.""

Bearing in mind that petrol prices have risen by about 50% in the same period I reckon you have a bargain! More people use cars than trains I think you will find.

But do agree with Alan, this "profit now and s0d the customer" ethos did start in the Thatcher years and once one company does it they all have to keep up! Big business doesn't care how they make their money (but then again a lot of people don't care how and where their goods are made as long as they are cheap (as with the article on illegal tobacco))
""""Chris Watts, who set up campaign group Fair Fares 4 Swindon, and now works with the GMB, said: “While this is a lesser increase than the last four years we have seen an average of a 20 per cent increase, which is just more pain for people using the railways. There is a point at which we have to say that the franchise system is not working."" Bearing in mind that petrol prices have risen by about 50% in the same period I reckon you have a bargain! More people use cars than trains I think you will find. But do agree with Alan, this "profit now and s0d the customer" ethos did start in the Thatcher years and once one company does it they all have to keep up! Big business doesn't care how they make their money (but then again a lot of people don't care how and where their goods are made as long as they are cheap (as with the article on illegal tobacco)) house on the hill
  • Score: 3

1:19pm Wed 20 Aug 14

nicks8890 says...

Ironic really, that the day after these rises were announced, my journey into Paddington from Chippenham was delayed by over 90 minutes for the THIRD time in the last few weeks.....
Ironic really, that the day after these rises were announced, my journey into Paddington from Chippenham was delayed by over 90 minutes for the THIRD time in the last few weeks..... nicks8890
  • Score: 8

2:23pm Wed 20 Aug 14

benzss says...

Nobody is owed cheap train travel. The alternative would be non-train users (the majority of the country) subsidising those who do use the trains.
Nobody is owed cheap train travel. The alternative would be non-train users (the majority of the country) subsidising those who do use the trains. benzss
  • Score: 11

2:44pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Hadn't realised Gordon Brown's Labour government had increased the train fare by a whopping 10% two years running.

I notice neither Davey nor Chris Watts mentioned that... I wonder why.
Hadn't realised Gordon Brown's Labour government had increased the train fare by a whopping 10% two years running. I notice neither Davey nor Chris Watts mentioned that... I wonder why. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 6

2:51pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Christ, despite the comments receiving no votes up or down within seconds of sandor clegane making a comment the votes for his went up by 3 and others down by the same amount. Obvious who is doing this ain't it?
Christ, despite the comments receiving no votes up or down within seconds of sandor clegane making a comment the votes for his went up by 3 and others down by the same amount. Obvious who is doing this ain't it? Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: -3

3:43pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Alan Bast*rd wrote:
Christ, despite the comments receiving no votes up or down within seconds of sandor clegane making a comment the votes for his went up by 3 and others down by the same amount. Obvious who is doing this ain't it?
You, Mr Gravey? Certainly seems that 25 is your preferred number on most threads...
[quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: Christ, despite the comments receiving no votes up or down within seconds of sandor clegane making a comment the votes for his went up by 3 and others down by the same amount. Obvious who is doing this ain't it?[/p][/quote]You, Mr Gravey? Certainly seems that 25 is your preferred number on most threads... Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 2

6:15pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Localboy86 says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
Alan Bast*rd wrote:
Christ, despite the comments receiving no votes up or down within seconds of sandor clegane making a comment the votes for his went up by 3 and others down by the same amount. Obvious who is doing this ain't it?
You, Mr Gravey? Certainly seems that 25 is your preferred number on most threads...
We all know it's you, now please stop it
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: Christ, despite the comments receiving no votes up or down within seconds of sandor clegane making a comment the votes for his went up by 3 and others down by the same amount. Obvious who is doing this ain't it?[/p][/quote]You, Mr Gravey? Certainly seems that 25 is your preferred number on most threads...[/p][/quote]We all know it's you, now please stop it Localboy86
  • Score: 0

8:19am Thu 21 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Localboy86 wrote:
Sandor Clegane wrote:
Alan Bast*rd wrote:
Christ, despite the comments receiving no votes up or down within seconds of sandor clegane making a comment the votes for his went up by 3 and others down by the same amount. Obvious who is doing this ain't it?
You, Mr Gravey? Certainly seems that 25 is your preferred number on most threads...
We all know it's you, now please stop it
Ah, your usual policy of making a false claim and hoping everyone believes you. You did it as I Too, you did it as Empty Car Park, Pompey Bound and any number of other logins you use.

The amusing thing is that it's blindingly obvious to all that you and Davey 'adjust' the voting to what you think it should be - because, for some reason, you both seem to believe everyone else shares your rather odd views. You even make regular comments to the effect that anyone who doesn't agree with you must be me. It's truly bizarre and hard to discern whether it's pure arrogance or just a pathological need to believe you're always in the right.

More to the point, why aren't you using your Ollie Dognacky login anymore?
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: Christ, despite the comments receiving no votes up or down within seconds of sandor clegane making a comment the votes for his went up by 3 and others down by the same amount. Obvious who is doing this ain't it?[/p][/quote]You, Mr Gravey? Certainly seems that 25 is your preferred number on most threads...[/p][/quote]We all know it's you, now please stop it[/p][/quote]Ah, your usual policy of making a false claim and hoping everyone believes you. You did it as I Too, you did it as Empty Car Park, Pompey Bound and any number of other logins you use. The amusing thing is that it's blindingly obvious to all that you and Davey 'adjust' the voting to what you think it should be - because, for some reason, you both seem to believe everyone else shares your rather odd views. You even make regular comments to the effect that anyone who doesn't agree with you must be me. It's truly bizarre and hard to discern whether it's pure arrogance or just a pathological need to believe you're always in the right. More to the point, why aren't you using your Ollie Dognacky login anymore? Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 3

9:29am Thu 21 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Only a mad man would believe his own web of lies. Nets closing in though. Tick tock. More evidence provided by the day.
Only a mad man would believe his own web of lies. Nets closing in though. Tick tock. More evidence provided by the day. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Phantom Poster says...

benzss wrote:
Nobody is owed cheap train travel. The alternative would be non-train users (the majority of the country) subsidising those who do use the trains.
As someone who commutes by car, I must point out that it's not quite that simple. If train fares get too expensive then people will use cars as a cheaper alternative, which means even more clogged up roads.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: Nobody is owed cheap train travel. The alternative would be non-train users (the majority of the country) subsidising those who do use the trains.[/p][/quote]As someone who commutes by car, I must point out that it's not quite that simple. If train fares get too expensive then people will use cars as a cheaper alternative, which means even more clogged up roads. Phantom Poster
  • Score: 0
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