Labour warns yet more price hikes could be on horizon for long-suffering rail commuters after government announce 2.6% rise
After the government revealed a rise in train fares by 2.6 per cent from 1st March 2021, Labour has compared costs on more than 180 train routes between when the Conservatives came to power in 2010 and the projected new prices that will be implemented next year.
The average commuter will now be paying £3,144, for their season ticket – £950 or 43 per cent more than in 2010.
New figures released today by Labour show:
- Fares will rise by 43 per cent 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 per cent 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:
“By allowing yet another fare hike, the government will make rail travel unaffordable for many and discourage people from getting back on to the network when restrictions ease.
“The government’s failure means Britain is facing the worst recession of any major economy. This will be yet another kick in the teeth for families struggling to get by.”