Rail fares are set to increase next year across the UK

Commuters are set to pay out more to travel to and from work

rail fare increase 2017

by Francesca Battson |
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In recent years rail fares have continued to increase and many that travel by train on a regular basis are set for yet another inflation from January.

This will cover England, Scotland and Wales, and the Stormont parliament in Northern Ireland will set their own fares increase.

Office for National Statistics revealed the 1.9 per cent rail far increase next year is linked to July’s Retail Price Index measure of inflation.

Dividends paid to shareholders of private train companies have risen by 21 per cent in the last year to £222 million, according to the unions.

Research by the TUC (Trades Union Congress) and the Action For Rail union campaign has showed that fares have risen by double the speed of wages since 2010.

They revealed that fares have increased by 25 per cent in the last six years, compared to average weekly earnings which have only grown by 12 per cent.

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Fraces O’Grady, TUC general secretary, has said: "Fares go up while trains remain overcrowded, stations are unstaffed, and rail companies cut the guards who ensure journeys run smoothly and safely.

"It's time for rail services to be publicly owned, saving money for passengers and taxpayers alike."

Around half of rail fares are regulated, including season tickets, some off-peak return tickets on long distance trips and Anytime tickets around major cities.

A series of protests were held at railway stations across the country on this morning by trade unions, however the government has said standards were improving and commuters are now getting a better deal.

Rail minister Paul Maynard has said: “Passengers want more reliable journeys in comfort and with better facilities.

“That is why we are investing record amounts in our railways delivering the biggest rail modernisation programme for over a century, providing more seats, more services, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.”

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