Train prices go up by an average of 6.2% - don't expect a better service though
Train fares are going to rise by an average of 6.2 per cent, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said. That's just great isn't it? This figure includes both commuter fares and other tickets where no restrictions are in place.
For the fares with no restrictions, the fares will go up much more, although no-one is willing to discuss just how much that will be. Operators can charge what they like for these tickets, and seeing as they don't really care what any of us plebs think, we'll probably find ourselves spitting feathers the next time we buy a ticket.
Commuters in the South East are looking at Southeastern hiking prices up to as much as 12.7 per cent on annual season tickets. So if you travel from Canterbury and London, a ticket that will have cost you £3,840 will probably rise by £488 to £4,328.
Gerry Doherty, general secretary of the Transport and Salaried Staffs Association, has slammed the move: "It is simply outrageous that hard pressed commuters are being forced to pay fare hikes of up to 10 per cent when they are themselves facing pay freezes and job cuts. Ministers claim this is to pay for a better railway. Passengers will regard that as a sick joke seeing as we have the most expensive and overcrowded railway in Europe."
So there you have it. Trains are about to become extinct. Well done to all concerned.