Rail fair increases anger green groups

The Government’s recent announcement that it plans to increase rail fares by eight per cent next year has infuriated several green groups, who have warned the latest rise in ticket prices offers commuters no incentive to ditch their cars in favour of lower carbon transport.

The increased cost of season tickets until 2014 are set at three per cent above July’s rate of inflation, which was yesterday revealed to be at five per cent by the Office for National Statistics.

This leaves the average ticket increase at around eight per cent, although some companies may be allowed to charge another five per cent on top, further increasing what are already some of the highest rail ticket prices in Europe.
Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle warned this was “the first of three years of eye-watering increases, which could top 30 per cent by 2015″, adding that commuters and families would be “clobbered” by the increases.

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