Increased rail fares come into effect across South Yorkshire

Martin Abrams, Campaign for Better Transport's public transport campaigner.

Martin Abrams, Campaign for Better Transport's public transport campaigner.

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Increased fares will come into effect for rail passengers today - as campaigners demand a ‘fairer approach’ from Government.

Regular rail users across the country are being hit by a 2.5 per cent increase in season ticket prices and some off-peak and anytime fares from today, January 2.

The overall average increase in fares is 2.2 per cent, the lowest for five years.

Martin Abrams, from the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Yet again, the Government is hiking up commuter rail fares. Ticket prices are rising much faster than wages which means getting to work takes up an increasing share of incomes, hitting both household budgets and the economy.

“The Government urgently needs to adopt a fairer approach to ticketing, bringing fares down and introducing more flexible tickets to help groups like the millions who work part-time.”

The campaign group says fares have increased around four times faster than average wages since 2010.

The current Government policy, first introduced by Labour, is to raise fares by the Retail Price Index figure of the previous July plus an additional one per cent, although this extra rate has been cancelled in 2014 and 2015.

But over the past decade, the policy has seen ticket prices increase by more than 50 per cent.

The cost of an annual season ticket between Sheffield and Leeds is to increase by £56 from £2,332 to £2,388. Season tickets for the route have increased by £454 during the course of this current Parliament, a 23.5 per cent rise.

The CBT says the new cost of an annual season ticket between Sheffield and Manchester of £3,492 is now equivalent to 16 per cent of the average regional salary.

Northern Rail fares are going up by an average 2.3 per cent, although advance ticket prices are being frozen. East Midlands Trains fares are increasing by an average 1.3 per cent.

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