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2017 rail fares published - Passengers need cheaper, flexible tickets say campaigners

2 December 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the publication today, 2 December, of next year's rail fares. Passengers will now be able to see how much their fares will be increasing in 2017.

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

 “With next year’s regulated rail fares rising by nearly 2 per cent, with some unregulated, walk-on fares rising even further, people are now finding themselves priced off the railways. The train operating companies and the Government need to work closely together to provide fairer, simpler and cheaper fares making sure people are always sold the cheapest ticket available.

“Between 1995 and 2016 passengers have seen average fares increase by 23.5 per cent and much more needs to be done by train operators and the Government to give them a truly affordable railway.”

Lianna continued:

“It is also time the Government stopped dragging its feet and introduce flexible season tickets with fair discounts for the eight million part-time workers across the UK as promised. It is not right that part-time workers have to buy expensive one-off tickets, or season tickets which they then waste on the days they don't work.“

For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

-  Read more about Campaign for Better Transport’s fares and ticketing work here

- Campaign for Better Transport wants to see regulated fares set using the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rather than the Retail Price Index (RPI), in future

- Read the Department for Transport’s Rail Trends Factsheet, November 2016, here - stats

- Read Campaign for Better Transport’s press release on flexible tickets for part-time workers here - UK lagging way behind Europe, when it comes to flexible rail tickets

- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929)

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