The transport rail users in the UK are likely to face a further rise in ticket prices which will come into effect next year.
The increase will be based on the Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation measure for July which will be announced on Wednesday. The price rise is expected to be around 2.8%, likely to lead to an increase of more than £100 in the annual cost of the daily commute of many travelers, which will be a huge amount.
Passenger groups have urged a change in the way ticket prices are calculated, the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has repeatedly said the most widely watched and used measure of inflation, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), should be used instead of RPI. In the previous month, this was 2% which is characteristically lower than the RPI rate of inflation, as the expected ticket price rises were excessive. It’s tempting to suggest fares should never rise. However, the truth is that if we stop investing in our railway then we will never see it upgraded.
UK citizens are already paying the maximum ticket prices in Europe to travel on congested and shorthanded trains. The trains are along frequently delayed. During the month of January, train fares went up by an average of 3.1% in England and Wales and 2.8% in Scotland.
Since January 2013 there was an increase in the price, which meant the price of annual season tickets rose by more than £100. During peak-time season in Scotland the tickets and anytime day tickets were 3.2% high, while the capped increase of off-peak fares were 2.2%.
Rail passengers had to endure more delays on the network this year. Last week was particularly bad, with thousands of people affected. This led to the postponement of all services out of London Euston. And then trains were also affected by the power cut on Friday, which in return affected many citizens.