July’s inflation figure – Transport Focus response
18 August 2015
Responding to the publication of July’s Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation figure of 1 per cent, which helps determine regulated train fares such as season tickets for 2016, David Sidebottom, passenger director at the independent transport watchdog Transport Focus, said:
“Fares are set to increase again, but passengers will be relieved to see that fare rises in England are being capped at inflation. They will be pleased to see that there is no flexibility for individual fares to go up by more than this. Both of these are things we have pushed for.
“While fares are going up, for many people punctuality is going down. The poor performance in the south east in particular highlights how Network Rail and operators need to deliver a more consistent day-to-day service which passengers can rely on.”