10 May '13, 11am

Fares and Ticketing Review in sight - #FairFaresNow

10 May 2013: We now know that it is just 9 weeks’ until the Government publishes its findings from their Fares and Ticketing review. This is a unique, once in a decade opportunity for the Government to make a firm commitment and name the date to end above inflation fare increases. We have now had over 10 years of above inflation fare rises and the UK now has some of the most expensive train fares in Europe. Many rail users just cannot continue with this relentless squeeze, as wages stagnate and living standards fall, we have heard many stories of commuters who have been forced to give up their jobs or move house due to the year on year rises in rail fares. An annual season ticket from Leeds to Manchester now costs £2,820.00 whilst the average wage in Manchester is £26,459. This would mean over 10% of an average commuter’s income being spent on rail travel alone. As the Far...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blogs/rail/Fares-Ticket...

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