Fares to increase for rail passengers

Fares to increase for rail passengers

Fares to increase for rail passengers

First published in Basingstoke
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by , Senior Reporter

RAIL passengers in Basingstoke face more train pain after it was announced regulated fares will increase by 3.5 per cent.

The amount train companies can increase certain fares, such as season tickets, by are based on a formula of July’s retail price index (RPI) inflation figure, plus one per cent.

On Tuesday, the office for National Statistics said RPI was 2.5 per cent last month, meaning that from January, fares could rise by 3.5 per cent.

South West Trains currently sells 12-month season tickets from Basingstoke to London Waterloo from £4,076.

An increase of 3.5 per cent could see this increase by £143.66 to £4,218.66.

But the price could increase further to 4.5 per cent under a “flex” rule, which allows train companies to increase fares by two per cent above the average, as long as the overall average stays at RPI plus one per cent.

This would increase the price of the season ticket to £4.259.42. Those figures do not include the price of parking at Basingstoke railway station.

David Sidebottom, director of the watchdog group Passenger Focus, said: “We know from our own research that value for money is a key priority for rail passengers.

“Our most recent national rail passenger survey put passenger satisfaction on value for money among commuters as low as 31 per cent.

“This level of fare increase puts more pressure on the railways to ensure passengers get an excellent service for their money.”

He called on the Government to cap fare rises in line with inflation, as they did this year.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “We fully recognise there’s more to do to bring down the cost of rail travel in Britain. But we need to do it responsibly and we can’t spend money we don’t have.”

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11:13am Fri 22 Aug 14

Fred Rands says...

Train fare increases. Trains run with not enough carriages 0915 this week standing all the way to Waterloo. people waiting at Woking asked not to board train as it was to full. Cross country standing to Birmingham not enough carriages. To save travelling via London link trains from reading to Medway towns to save going through London which looks like a slum area when leaving Waterloo east. Those who travel in the rush hour have my sympathy paying to stand is no joke.
Train fare increases. Trains run with not enough carriages 0915 this week standing all the way to Waterloo. people waiting at Woking asked not to board train as it was to full. Cross country standing to Birmingham not enough carriages. To save travelling via London link trains from reading to Medway towns to save going through London which looks like a slum area when leaving Waterloo east. Those who travel in the rush hour have my sympathy paying to stand is no joke. Fred Rands
  • Score: 5

10:41am Sat 23 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

The rail fares are subsidised by the tax payer so those who use it are getting a discount, the main reason people commute is so they get paid a higher wage whilst enjoy cheaper (or these days less expensive) housing, cheaper insurance and generally cleaner heathier lives, here in Folkestone I cannot get more than £150 per day, I could easily get £250 a day in or near London but chose not to commute, thats my choice, those who commute thats yours, why should I subsidise you?
The rail fares are subsidised by the tax payer so those who use it are getting a discount, the main reason people commute is so they get paid a higher wage whilst enjoy cheaper (or these days less expensive) housing, cheaper insurance and generally cleaner heathier lives, here in Folkestone I cannot get more than £150 per day, I could easily get £250 a day in or near London but chose not to commute, thats my choice, those who commute thats yours, why should I subsidise you? Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 1

7:53pm Sun 24 Aug 14

jonone says...

Assuming a full time worker does 46 weeks a year, that season ticket is about £18 a day? Seems reasonable.
Assuming a full time worker does 46 weeks a year, that season ticket is about £18 a day? Seems reasonable. jonone
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1:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

basingstoke26 says...

AS I've been told before by an employee of SWT, you are paying for a ticket, not a seat, I commute but go early, so I get a seat every day, same with coming home, leave at 4 no problems.. and yes £18 return isn't too bad
AS I've been told before by an employee of SWT, you are paying for a ticket, not a seat, I commute but go early, so I get a seat every day, same with coming home, leave at 4 no problems.. and yes £18 return isn't too bad basingstoke26
  • Score: 1

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