Increases in rail fares come complete with signal failures and delays!

3 January 2012

trainSo, today, most of you are back at work. What's worse than going back to work after the Christmas holidays? Public transport in 2012, that's what. And people catching the train to work this week will be having their patience tested sorely as grim weather, signal failures, delays and fare rises all kick you repeatedly while you're down.

However, adding small cheer (or large irritation depending on your outlook), the 6% rise in tickets was met with a protest at St Pancras.

While depressed passengers stumbled around in the dark and damp, they were met by a New Orleans-style jazz band dressed as the Thomas the Tank Engine character the Fat Controller while other protesters from the TSSA rail union carried placards slagging Prime Minister David Cameron off.

Members of the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) joined in the protest too, handing out leaflets which invited commuters to speak their brains to the Treasury so Chancellor George Osborne can invariably ignore your gripes.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: "This is just the start of three years of real pain for all passengers. The £4,000 annual season ticket is now commonplace in south east England. By 2015, the £5,000 annual season ticket will be commonplace as well, thanks to ministers insisting on (RPI) inflation plus an extra 3% on top of that in 2013 and 2014.

"Mr Cameron talks glibly about everyone sharing the pain. Well, rail passengers are taking the biggest share of the pain while ministers and MPs travel for free on the most expensive network in Europe."

In addition to that, London Underground and London bus fares also went up from January 2nd, rising by an average of 5.6%. Still, at least loads of your money is being thrown at the Olympic eh? That's nice isn't it?

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  • Kalvin
    Apparently there would have been more people protesting but their trains were delayed, they should have caught the earlier one.
  • Kevin
    Try not living 50 miles away from where you work. That might help some people. You make your choices when you do that, which is one of the reasons I don't have a house yet!
  • Laura
    I don't drive so I've had to commute before moving to the town I now work in. The fairs were a ripp of then now it's just daylight robbery. Doing this will isolate people more and less people traveling is definitely going to have an effect on businesses. Small towns were people normaly travel out of to do there shopping may benefit but city's may suffer, espeshaly with the exstortional costs of retail units in city's, they exspect people to visit from further out to keep them going. The greed of the rail company's and property rental companys is going to be a long problem.
  • Avon B.
    Laura -- you managed to get a JOB with spelling like THAT??
  • Laura
    Not that it's any of your business but I have dyslexia. My place of work doesn't seem to have a problem with it.
  • Jax
    LOL - ESPESHALY!!!! Laura, you are either a comic genius or rather "espeshal" yourself!
  • Sicknote
    Trains from London Waterloo to Weymouth were completely fooked yesterday due to trees and shrubberies trespassing on the lines....
  • Grumpy
    Bloody trees and shrubs trespassing on the lines. That's no better than looting. They should be strung up for that. Espeshaly if they're there in their hoodies.
  • Richard S.
    I just can't fathom how public transport companies justify their fares, it seems that the networks are packed 90% of the time, their rolling stock is ancient, they don't make any capital investment, yet the prices are just crazy! It's still cheaper to drive pretty much anywhere (other than London) and park for a couple of hours than get the train or a bus which is just madness. As an observation, the bus companies are just as bad, in Reading, the buses are basically a tax on the poor - £3.60 return to travel 2 miles and back!

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