Rail Fare Rises: RMT Boss Lets Rip At "Failing" Chris Grayling

Protest at Warrington Central over rail fares and job cuts

The transport secretary believes the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), to determine increases instead of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation which is now used.

A lower measure of inflation would also mean lower pay rises for rail staff.

"(Transport Secretary) Chris Grayling's desperate attempt to try and make front-line rail workers pay for his incompetence and the train operators' greed has backfired on him just like everything else he touches.

PASSENGERS could be priced out of travelling on Scotland's railways when peak fares increase 3.2% next year, Scottish Labour have warned.

"The fare changes for January 2019 will be finalised and announced towards the end of 2018".

"On top of stagnant or falling real incomes rail passengers will feel the heat of any annual fares increase in regulated fares".

Forcing long-suffering northern rail passengers to pay more for poor service is "untenable", Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was warned today amid anger over the latest annual rise in fares.

Fares will go up in January, the government has confirmed, with the cost of some season tickets to rise by hundreds of pounds.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the fares increase as "an insult to everyone who has suffered from the chaos on Britain's railways".

Protests around the country are set to go ahead amid frustration over an expected 3.5% increase in train fares as a result of using RPI. It's no longer a question of if our rail services are renationalised, it's a question of when'.


Rail fares become more expensive every January.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of independent transport user passenger watchdog, Transport Focus, said: "After a torrid summer, passengers hit by the timetable crisis will be amazed that the talk is about a fares increase". The rest are decided by train companies.

July's RPI measure of inflation is used to put up the prices of "regulated fares" up, which account for around 40% of tickets, including season tickets, off-peak return tickets and walk-up anytime season tickets in England and Wales.

This is a basket case government and a lame duck transport secretary continuing all-out war on staff and passengers alike.

It uses the July Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation.

Services run by Govia Thameslink Railway have experienced problems since a massive shake-up of train timetables in May.

Pressure group Railfuture claimed train passengers are being treated like "second-class citizens compared to motorists".

GMB general secretary Tim Roache said: "Millions of passengers face a grim start to the new year when they are forced to pay even more extortionate prices for a frankly shocking service from the privatised rail companies".

"We understand that aspects of the current fares system are frustrating for people which is why as part of the industry's plan, train companies are also leading a consultation to update regulation and improve the range of fares on offer, making the system simpler and easier to use for customers". Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street will cost £2,230, up from £2,160, and for Manchester to Preston commuters, tickets will rise from £2,836 to £2,927.

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