Rail fares set to rise next year

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Ticket prices for rail users are set to increase in January 2020 following an announced Retail Prices Index (RPI) increase today. The increase is expected to be around 2.8%, the equivalent of an extra £100 to the annual costs for rail commuters. The Campaign for Better Transport have recommended basing fare charges on the Consumer Prices Index instead of the RPI as it often experiences lower rates of inflation. The Trade Union Congress, on the other hand, have emphasised its calls for the railways to be nationalised, with General Secretary, Frances O’Grady stating “we’re already paying the highest ticket prices in Europe” and that priorities should be focused on “running a world-class railway service, not subsiding private train companies.”

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