Rail fares rise by 5.9 per cent – passenger watchdog responds

05 March 2023

Responding to today’s 5.9 per cent annual rail fare rise, Transport Focus director David Sidebottom, said:

“No one likes prices going up. In our latest research, less than half of passengers think the railway currently performs well on delivering value for money tickets.

“After months of unreliable services and strike disruption, it’s clear that too many passengers are not getting a value for money service. Capping fares below inflation and the delay until March have gone some way to help ease the pain, but the need for more fundamental reform of fares and ticketing must not be forgotten.

“More initiatives like the welcome extension of Pay-As-You-Go and single-leg pricing trials cannot arrive a minute too soon.”

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