Yesterday Government finally published its review of Rail Fares and Ticketing. Almost two years in the making, the review is a success in itself for us as it was something we have campaigned for since the launch of our Fair Fares Charter in 2011.
Our ‘cheaper, fairer, simpler’ mantra for rail fares is what we base all of our Fair Fares Now campaigning on and the good news is that Government has listened to us and has made some significant announcements including:
A reduction in the cap on the amount train operating companies can add onto average fare increases from 5 per cent to 2 per cent
The first ever trial of part-time season tickets with smart card technology
Single leg pricing which will make many fares simpler to understand.
Thank you! The Fair Fares Now Campaign would like to thank everyone who has campaigned with us to help achieve this success. We simply could not have done this without you!
More work is now needed
Despite these announcements there is still a gaping hole in the Government’s fares policy. By not making a commitment to end the current formula of above inflation fare increases, the Government is piling huge pressure on already financially stretched passengers. Stephen Joseph, our Chief Executive, writes more about this in his blog here.
Our campaigner Martin Abrams explained on BBC Breakfast TV why the Government’s announcement was not all good news for hard-pressed rail passengers.
January will be the eleventh year in a row that fares have risen above inflation. This will no doubt be a key issue in marginal constituencies as we get closer to the 2015 General Election. We will step up our campaigning and we’ll be getting back in touch with you soon to let you know how you can help.
Fare Fares Now Campaigner
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