9 May 2019
Responding to the news that rail fares increased by more than RPI in January for the first time in four years, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"At the end of a year of disruption and delays on the railway, to hit passengers with an above-inflation fare increase in January was unacceptable.
"The figures also show that rail fares have increased in real terms by 20.5 per cent since 1995. Such an increase is untenable at a time when we ought to be enabling more people to use the railway, to tackle the twin crises of climate change and air pollution.
"The Government's ongoing Rail Review must fundamentally overhaul the fares and ticketing system, including how fare rises are set."
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Notes to Editors
The figures were released by the Office of Rail and Road today, 9 May.
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