Azara Blog: Train fares going up by more than the rate of inflation

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Date published: 2007/11/28

The BBC says:

Passengers are to be hit by above-inflation rate fare increases.

Season tickets and saver and standard day returns will rise by 4.8% on average, says the Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc).

Others, such as cheap day returns and long-distance open and advance fares will go up by 5.4%. The increases will come into effect in the New Year.

The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association said commuters travelling to London would be worst hit.

What is it about train commuters that they think the rest of the country should constantly subsidise their commute to work? Apparently what we have here is a reduced government subsidy and so increased fares. Of course this extremely biased BBC story gives not one reason why reducing these subsidies might be a good idea. They quote the train trade unions (surprise, they want more money thrown at trains) and they quote train special interest pressure groups (surprise, they want more money thrown at trains), but they do not quote a single organisation without a pro-train or anti-government bias. This is what passes for transportation analysis in the UK.

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