Rail Commuters Could See Fares Rocket By 3.5 Per Cent In 2019 Despite Timetable Chaos


COMMUTERS could see rail fares increase 3.5 per cent next year — amid continued delays and overcrowded trains.

The exact rise will be determined by the rate of inflation — which the Department for Transport uses to decide how much prices can go up by.

PA:Press Association The exact rise in ticket costs in 2019 will be determined by the rate of inflation

The July retail prices index will be revealed on Wednesday by the Office for National Statistics.

It is widely tipped to be 3.5 per cent — which, if put on train fares, would bump up the annual cost of getting to work by £150 a year.

A Campaign for Better Transport spokesman urged the Government to “commit to a fares freeze”.

He said: “Given the mess surrounding the new timetable, the lack of improvements and the failure to deliver compensation, the Government cannot go on telling passengers that fare increases are justified.”

PA:Press Association If rail fares rise by 3.5 per cent commuters will pay an extra £150 a year to compensate

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, told the Press Association that services are in “free fall”.

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