There's 70% more of us on trains and less services to go around!

5 June 2015

Bitterwallet - train fares increase We all know that Britain’s trains are often borderline farcical and it is very, very British to complain about them all the time. However, it is with good reason as apparently, we've reached record levels of overcrowding, and our trains are filling up faster than anywhere else in Europe.

According to reports, train journeys have soared by 70% in the last 10 years, going up by 4.2% this year alone.

With that, the miles covered is dropping, and of course, the train companies are putting ticket prices up and making a pretty penny from the whole ailing, creaking thing. Rail companies made £8.8billion from fares in 2014/15, from more than 1.65 billion journeys, which is up 69.5% since 2002/2003.

This is the fastest growth in the EU, and both are new, unenviable records.

The TSSA rail union said: "These record numbers must mean it is time to give something back to passengers – a fares freeze from next January."

Of course, there's a lot of investment in the high-speed rail that is happening in the UK, but seeing as that won't be happening for years, it seems that passengers are being given a rough ride until then.

Click here for our guide to getting a refund on your train journey.


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