Commuters 'priced off' trains as rail fare hikes hit a five-year high


Passenger groups, commuters and unions hold demos at train stations against another inflation-busting year for fare rises.

While average fare increases were 3.4%, season ticket rises were a staggering 3.6%, well above the current inflation rate and represent the biggest rise for five years. Taken together with stagnant growth in wages, commuters across the country face a less than happy start to their new year.

With cost of commuting in the UK among the highest in Europe, campaigners warned that people were being 'priced off' railways. For many, driving to work is becoming a more economical option, but that could simply add more cars to congested roads and adversely impact the environment.