Friday 17 December 2021 / 11:58 AM Louise Haigh / Transport

Rail Betrayal – Fares rise twice as fast as wages under Tories

To coincide with the brutal 3.8% train fares hike announced by the Government this morning, Labour has compared the costs on over 180 train routes between when the Conservatives came to power and the projected new prices that will be implemented next year.

The average commuter faces paying a staggering £3,263 for their season ticket – £1,069, or 49% more, than in 2010.

New figures released today by Labour show:

  • Average fares will rise to 48.9% more than they were in 2010.

  • That some commuters will be paying over £3,900 more to travel to work than in 2010.

  • The highest increase is projected to be on a season ticket between Birmingham and London Euston which will have risen by £3,901 since 2010 and will now cost £11,929.

  • The biggest percentage increase identified was between Thame Bridge Parkway near Walsall and Nuneaton, where the cost of an annual season ticket will have risen by 69% since 2010.

  • In Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge constituency, the cost of an annual season ticket from West Drayton to London Paddington has risen by £715 since 2010.

  • Average fares have risen twice as fast as wages.

Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“This brutal Tory fare hike will be a nightmare before Christmas for millions of passengers.

“Families already facing soaring taxes and bills will now be clobbered with an eye-watering rise in the cost of the daily commute.

“People up and down this country are paying the price for a cost of living crisis made in Downing Street.

“Many will wonder what planet Ministers are on if they think people can afford this?”