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​POLL: Is rail travel good value for money with prices set to increase?

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

London Midland train

Rail fares will increase

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The new rail fare increase for 2015 has been announced with prices set to go up by 3.5%.

The rise is calculated by taking July's figure for Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation, which was 2.5%, and adding 1%.

The increase will affect the majorty of services and include season tickets, "anytime" single tickets around major cities and off-peak inter-city return tickets.

Regulated fares have increased more than inflation each year since 2004 and this change will take place in January next year.

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  • Notanumber  |  August 20 2014, 12:43PM

    Scooby - the cost of HS2 is roughly £1,000 per person in the country. Man woman child. Have you that much to spare for something that will whiz right past through Baldwins Gate, Madeley & Betley?

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  • Scooby  |  August 19 2014, 8:10PM

    And on to the city council dream of HS2, who will pay the prices for using that ?

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  • yndaliunrh  |  August 19 2014, 6:10PM

    That`s it sniper encourage everybody to claim for delays so the fares have to go up even more or investment is cut , leading to more delays....

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  • D_R_Sniper  |  August 19 2014, 2:53PM

    We created delay repay sniper (http://tinyurl.com/omu4k35) to cater for people who are finding it difficult to afford the trains but who need to use them to commute to work. Get back the compensation you are entitled to for delays and cancellations.

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  • AS4-Kitchen  |  August 19 2014, 2:39PM

    Just come back from Holland, they have a cheap, totally integrated public transport system there's no need to us a car there at all, makes us lot look as if we are in the middle ages when it comes to public transport.

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  • semis  |  August 19 2014, 2:29PM

    Why should I as a tax payer and non rail user subsidise the rail users. If it costs £50 to go from A to B then that is what you should pay.

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  • Notanumber  |  August 19 2014, 2:29PM

    Not everyone can use public transport. Where I work there is none. If you are looking for the reason it's so expensive in this country then ask the shareholders and sucessive governments. And no, taking the rail system back into public ownership isn't the answer. Doing that would bring back the glorious 70's and be a far worse situation than the short-sighted shareholders. So, I'd prefer they stop taking my hard earned cash to pay for something I rarely use unless train commuters are prepared to pay towards my commute costs.

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  • sausagelord  |  August 19 2014, 1:27PM

    notanumber: I rarely use public transport, but I agree in principle with heavily subsidised public transport. The current situation of everyone sitting in their own bubbles in bumper to bumper traffic is wasteful and unsustainable (try the A500 at 5pm on a Friday, they need to add another lane for people to sit stationary in!), but public transport is woeful so it's not a good enough alternative. Contrast this with other countries in Europe where people still drive cars but public transport is so tightly integrated, cheap and reliable to the point that many car drivers leave their cars at home. Why does the nation that invented the train have such a poor costly service when our neighbours seem to do it so much better?

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  • Notanumber  |  August 19 2014, 1:01PM

    Railways are heavily subsidised by the taxpayer. Yes, the commuters using the trains are taxpayers but... I have to use my un-subsidised car to commute to work and pay for the subsidy of those very same taxpaying train commuters. If you don't like the fare prices, get a car and join the rest of us paying way over the odds for un-subsidised road fund licences and un-subsidised fuel.

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  • Bernwa  |  August 19 2014, 11:57AM

    I don't really care. As a pensioner I was priced off the railway years ago.

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