Labour slam rail fare hike
Date posted: 14-08-2012
SOME rail fares in Thurrock will rise by 6.2% in January (about double the rate of inflation) and some other other price rises may be even higher.
The Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation in July – which stood at 3.2% – is used to calculate the rises.
The extra money is helping to fund huge investment across the network.
Reacting to the fare increases, prospective parliamentary candidate for Thurrock (Labour), Polly Billington said: “This is terrible news for commuters in Thurrock, many of whom are already struggling to meet the costs of simply getting to and from work – an annual season ticket from Grays went up by more than £100 in January.
“Now ticket prices could go up by as much as 11% – for three years in a row, because the government is choosing to side with the train companies rather than passengers.
“We will end up paying more for less. That’s no way to run a railway or help passengers facing rising living costs.”
Mike Hewitson, of watchdog Passenger Focus told the BBC: “This is another inflation-busting increase.
“There is only so much you can squeeze passengers. The government needs to think again about the plus 3%”