Wednesday 14 August 2019 / 9:03 AM Andy McDonald / Transport

Tories continue to fail rail commuters with yet more price hikes

To coincide with confirmation of the 2.8% train fares hike 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 this January 2020.

The average commuter will now be paying £3,064 for their season ticket, £870 or 40% more than in 2010. This is the first time that average commuter season tickets will cost more than £3,000.

New figures released today by Labour show:

  • Average fares will rise to 40% more than they were in 2010
  • That some commuters will be paying over £3,000 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 £3,188 since 2010 and now costs £11,205
  • 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 59 per cent since 2010
  • In Boris Johnson’s constituency the cost of an annual season ticket from West Drayton to London Paddington has risen by £583 since 2010
  • Average fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“Every year, commuters are being asked to pay more money for bad train services.

“The government has sat back and allowed private train companies to cash in while people’s pay has been held back. Continuous fare rises undermine urgent action to tackle the climate emergency by pricing people off the railways.

“Labour will bring our railways into public ownership so they are run in the interests of passengers, not private profit.”