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Fare rises mean an unhappy New Year for rail passengers

2 January 2012
Responding to today’s rail fare rises, Campaign for Better Transport’s public transport campaigner Sophie Allain said:

“Yet another round of above inflation fare rises mean rail passengers face an unhappy New Year when they go back to work tomorrow. We already have the most expensive fares in Europe. This year's rises are bad enough but Government plans to increase fares by three per cent above inflation in 2013 and 2014 take us further and further away from the value for money rail system that we need. An affordable rail network helps to keep congestion down, reduces pollution, and supports the economy.”

Campaign for Better Transport is taking part in a day of commuter action on January 3 when people will be calling or tweeting George Osborne @hmtreasury using #farefail and #railfail to show their anger at fare rises, or texting FAREFAIL to 88802. To take part go to www.farefail.org or follow @fairfaresnow on Twitter.

Notes to Editors

1. For examples of fare rises into London from the South East see: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/files/2012-season-tickets-on-south-east-routes.pdf
For examples of regional rail fare rises see: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/files/2012-season-tickets-on-regional-routes.pdf

2. Campaign for Better Transport compared the cost of commuting using a multi-modal season annual ticket into five European capital cities from a commuter town approximately 23 miles from the capital:

•    Woking to London, £3,268
•    Ballancourt-sur-Essonne to Paris, £924.66
•    Strausberg to Berlin, £705.85
•    Collado-Villalba to Madrid, £653.74
•    Velletri to Rome, £336.17

3. Campaign for Better Transport launched the Fair Fares Now campaign in January to call for cheaper, simpler, fairer rail ticketing. Visit the website for more information www.fairfaresnow.org.uk

4. 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).