10 April 2015
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to press reports that the Conservative Party is set to promise an end to above inflation train fare increases.
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport said:
"This is definitely a step in the right direction. Rail passengers have suffered inflation busting fare rises for most of the last ten years, which have far outstripped wage growth, so any commitment to end real terms fare increases is welcome. However, more is needed: we want to see flexible tickets for the army of part time workers who currently pay full fares, and more widely the whole rail fares system needs to be made simpler, fairer and cheaper".
Notes to Editors
1. 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).
2. Fares have increased far faster than wages. Regulated ticket prices have risen by over 20 percent during this Parliament meaning fares have increased around 4 times faster than average wages since 2010. This has pushed some season ticket prices to over £5,000, with an increase during this Parliament of over £900. Illustrations of these costs can be found here: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/FFNinfographics
3. A briefing on current fare prices and increases since 2010 can be found here: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdfs/CfBT_Jan2015_...