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West Norfolk rail fares go up from today

West Norfolk rail fares go up from today

Published by Grace Mcgachy
1:26pm 2nd January 2020.

Commuters heading back to work after Christmas are paying more for their rail fares from today.

Ticket prices are going up by an average of 2.7%. 

There are protests at some stations by people angry that the figure is above pay rises, including King's Lynn. 

Some commuters face a rise of more than £100 for annual passes despite fewer than two-thirds of trains being on time last year.

Nationally, fewer than half of passengers are satisfied with the value for money of train tickets, according to the latest survey by watchdog Transport Focus.

Today's average fare increase means ticket prices have risen by 40% since 2010. 

Jo Rust is the Secretary of the King's Lynn and District Trade Council and was one of those protesting outside King's Lynn station this morning (2nd Jan). 

"At a time where we need to be encouraging public transport use and rail transport to get people out of their cars any increase can be a barrier to people using it. And this absolutely not what we need."

campaigners outside kl station


Campaigners say it is unfair for commuters to be asked to pay more for services that are often delayed or cancelled.

"If you have a job where you have to be there at 9 o'clock in the morning and your service is consistently late, you face a sanction and possible dismissal if you're unable to get to work.

And that's not in the control of that person, they are being held ransom by the train companies." 

Robert Nisbet, spokesperson for industry body the Rail Delivery Group, said rail companies have held average fare increases below inflation for the third year in a row "while continuing to deliver investment in new trains and extra services that will improve journeys for customers".

He added that 2020 will see 1,000 extra weekly services and 1,000 more carriages added to Britain's rail fleet.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced a new fund will be created to support trials of more flexible fares across the country as part of improvements focused on "putting passengers first".

 

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