Have your say: Rail fares increase again

The Argus: Have your say: Rail fares increase again Have your say: Rail fares increase again

Sussex commuters woke up this morning to yet another rise in rail fares.

While the average rise of 3.1% in fares was the lowest increase for the past four years, it represented another rise in costs at a time when many people are facing higher bills and stagnant wages.

The 3.1% rise taking effect today is for regulated fares which include season tickets. The increase on unregulated fares, typically off-peak leisure tickets, is not capped.


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The Department for Transport said the Government understood concerns rail passengers had about the costs of fares and their impact on household budgets, which was why fares had been limited to the rate of inflation.

The department added the fares passengers paid would "continue to drive forward the biggest programme of rail modernisation ever, with £38 billion being invested over the next five years".

We want to know if you think the latest increases are justified?

Have you seen the results of the investment? Or do you think you are not getting value for money?

Let us know using the comments feature below.

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11:50am Thu 2 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

I don't have a problem paying more for rail fares as long as we see an improvement in the service we receive. For years and years now prices have increased above the rate of inflation/wages increases and we keep getting told this is to pay for investment in the railways, but every year the service we receive gets worse, with greater overcrowding, poorer punctuality and more disruptions caused by poor infrastructure maintenance (for example signalling problems). Until we see a tangible improvement in the service we receive rail passengers will continue to feel they are being ripped off.
I don't have a problem paying more for rail fares as long as we see an improvement in the service we receive. For years and years now prices have increased above the rate of inflation/wages increases and we keep getting told this is to pay for investment in the railways, but every year the service we receive gets worse, with greater overcrowding, poorer punctuality and more disruptions caused by poor infrastructure maintenance (for example signalling problems). Until we see a tangible improvement in the service we receive rail passengers will continue to feel they are being ripped off. Quiterie

12:37pm Thu 2 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

its now works out as cheap to drive to London and no chance of landslides or been held up due to a jumper or fire in a signal box
its now works out as cheap to drive to London and no chance of landslides or been held up due to a jumper or fire in a signal box whatevernext2013

12:39pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Goldenwight says...

Rail fares increase, service punctuality decreases- how long does this have to go on before it ceases to be newsworthy, because it surely is to me
Rail fares increase, service punctuality decreases- how long does this have to go on before it ceases to be newsworthy, because it surely is to me Goldenwight

6:50pm Thu 2 Jan 14

ourcoalition says...

Renationalise the railways, as the contracts end - the East Coast line, currently run by the public sector (because 2 companies "walked away" due to a lack of profit!!!!), is making us, the taxpayer, £300 million per annum.

The Governments answer to this success - reprivatize it, and to quote the Transport Minister, this "will increase competition and competiveness". If you can work this one out, then you should be Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Renationalise the railways, as the contracts end - the East Coast line, currently run by the public sector (because 2 companies "walked away" due to a lack of profit!!!!), is making us, the taxpayer, £300 million per annum. The Governments answer to this success - reprivatize it, and to quote the Transport Minister, this "will increase competition and competiveness". If you can work this one out, then you should be Chancellor of the Exchequer. ourcoalition

8:29pm Thu 2 Jan 14

her professional says...

The annual figures make a nice headline, but, counting 227 working days in a year, a four grand ticket still works out under twenty quid a day, so not so bad for peak time travel IMO. And if the holder makes a few journeys whilst on holiday or at weekends then it's cheaper still. Yes the trains are overcrowded in the rush hour, but so are the roads, and presumably people knew that before they decided on where to live/work.
The annual figures make a nice headline, but, counting 227 working days in a year, a four grand ticket still works out under twenty quid a day, so not so bad for peak time travel IMO. And if the holder makes a few journeys whilst on holiday or at weekends then it's cheaper still. Yes the trains are overcrowded in the rush hour, but so are the roads, and presumably people knew that before they decided on where to live/work. her professional

4:01am Fri 3 Jan 14

daniio says...

using my SUV costs me around £50 to Westfield London, and using my new Hyindai costs me just £23. Why the hell to use a train, just buy an economic car
using my SUV costs me around £50 to Westfield London, and using my new Hyindai costs me just £23. Why the hell to use a train, just buy an economic car daniio

4:19pm Fri 3 Jan 14

jimpy762 says...

£20 a day???
My motorbike doesn't even cost me that a week.
£20 a day??? My motorbike doesn't even cost me that a week. jimpy762

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