Unions blast biggest rail fare increase since 2013

Unions blast biggest rail fare increase since 2013

The fares will rise by 3.9% in 2018

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A number of unions have been expressing their displeasure over the news rail travellers will be hit by a fare hike next month, the largest one in five years.

The Rail Delivery Group claims the average train ticket price across the UK will go up by 3.4% in January.

It is the highest rise since the increase of 3.9% in 2013.

The announcement has not been met favourably – Transport Focus, the passenger watchdog, described the increase as a “chill wind” blowing down the platforms to affect passengers whose incomes were stagnating or falling.

The Rail, Maritime, and Transport union (RMT) also blasted the plans, saying the rise in fare price was “another kick in the teeth” for passengers.

Mick Cash, the union’s general secretary, said the increase was “another twist of the economic knife."