Sunday 28 February 2021 / 10:30 PM Jim McMahon / Transport

Labour analysis shows season ticket cost has rocketed 43% for long-suffering rail-users as Government brings in 2.6% fares rise

Labour analysis shows season ticket cost has rocketed 43% for long-suffering rail-users as Government brings in 2.6% fares rise

With rail fares set to rise by 2.6 per cent from today (March 1 2021), Labour has analysed costs on more than 180 train routes since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

The average commuter will now be paying £3,144, for their season ticket – £950 or 43 per cent more than in 2010.

Labour’s analysis shows:

  • Fares have risen by 43% compared to 2010 prices
  • Some commuters will be paying more than £3,450 more to travel to work than in 2010
  • The highest increase is projected to be on a Virgin Trains season ticket between Birmingham and London Euston, which will have risen by £3,467 since 2010 and now costs £11,204.
  • The biggest percentage increase identified was between Tame Bridge Parkway near Walsall and Nuneaton, where the cost of an annual season ticket will have risen by 63% since 2010.
  • In Boris Johnson’ constituency of Uxbridge, the cost of an annual season ticket from West Drayton to London Paddington has risen by £637 since 2010.
  • Average fares have risen two-and-a-half times faster than wages.

Jim McMahon MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“This Government is already hitting families in the pocket by forcing councils into economically illiterate tax rises when its failure means we are facing the worst recession of any major economy.

“Now rail-users will have to pay even more to use the services they rely on.  This fare hike will make rail unaffordable for many and discourage people from getting back on to the network when lockdown restrictions ease in the coming months.”