FARE HIKE: 2.5% increase in rail ticket prices

In this new year, rail passengers will pay 2.5 per cent more on tickets.
This includes regulated fares like season tickets, with average rise in fares of about 2.2 per cent.

fare hike During his visit today at the Birmingham New Street station, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

“The work at Birmingham New Street is truly impressive and will make a real difference to passengers when it completes later this year. As we invest in projects like this, it is important that we recognise passengers’ concerns about the cost of rail fares. This is why we have frozen them for the second year in a row.”

His visit today was followed by a major signalling problems at the New Street Station leading to disruption in services earlier this morning. Delays were seen till 3pm and some replacement services were provided earlier in the day.

However, passengers reported delays and other problems till late this afternoon.

Unions and passenger groups have protested the hikes, comparing them to a corresponding lack of rise in wages.

Campaign for Better Transport have this interactive Fare v Wage calculator on their website :

fares v wages

While this 2.2 per cent is the lowest increase in the last 5 years, they have said passengers will struggle to get to work without substantial increase in salaries.

Rails unions protest at over 50 train stations nationwide

Rail unions are gathering today at over 50 stations, including the Birmingham New Street station and the Birmingham International station to protest fare hikes announced this morning.

Rail travellers face an increase in rail fare ranging from 4.3 – 9.1 per cent. The revised fares will be implemented from January 2014.

Brum Transport reports live from the protests organised by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union in Birmingham:

 


Soon to follow: Interview with Ken Usher, regional organiser, Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) workers union.