More rail misery as fares rise by 3.1%

Southend Standard: More rail misery as fares rise by 3.1% More rail misery as fares rise by 3.1%

COMMUTERS’ Christmas spirits have been dampened after Essex rail firms announced a 3.1 per cent rise in ticket prices.

The new prices, which will come into effect on Thursday, January 2, will see train users with a yearly season ticket from Southend Central to Fenchurch Street on the c2c line pay £3,236 – £100 more than prices this year.

Travellers from Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street on the Greater Anglia line will pay £3,580 – £128 more than this year’s charge.

The rise is in line with July’s RPI inflation rate.

The national average increase is slightly lower, at 2.8 per cent.

Peter Slattery from the Southend Rail Users’ Association, said: “In recent years fares have risen by 7 or 8 per cent – often double or treble the rate of inflation – so this year’s percentages are more in line with inflation.

“It’s a step in the right direction and good news for passengers.”

However, regular train user, Paul Ilett, 43, says companies should justify the extra costs by explaining what the money will be spent on.

Mr Ilett, of Lovelace Gardens, Southend, said: “If they’re putting up fares by that much they need to demonstrate what train users are getting as a result.

They need to explain the reason behind the increase.

“It is quite surprising when you turn up at the station to buy a ticket and you see the price of it.

“They need to start looking after their customers a bit better and looking at ways to save them money – people are hard up at the moment as it is.”

Lee Boyce, 26, of Oast Way, Rochford, works as a journalist in London, and often commutes using Greater Anglia services.

He said: “Train fares are going up faster than wage growth – there seems to be no let-up for workers. It’s just not good enough, and the service people are getting is not reflected in the cost.

“I think it’s actually got worse, because there always seem to be delays. I’m at the end of my tether anyway and this just adds to it.”

Train company c2c, says customers will see a boost in services for their money – such as the introduction of smartcard, a ticket system consisting of a card containing an electronic chip which allows rail tickets to be stored and read automatically.

A spokesman from c2c said: “We’ve changed all c2c fares in line with the Government’s announcement earlier this month.

“Over the next 12 months, c2c passengers will see major investment in improvements, such as the introduction of smartcard ticketing and the upgrade of Fenchurch Street station.”

A Greater Anglia spokeswoman added: “Annual fare rises help to maintain investment in the railways and are determined largely by government policy, as confirmed in the Autumn Statement.”

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8:17am Thu 26 Dec 13

Nebs says...

All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation.
All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation. Nebs

9:04am Thu 26 Dec 13

serial thief says...

Pathetic. How much more they want to rise? Whenever I get the possibility I jump the barriers. I literally despise paying for things I don't have to pay for. Jumping train barriers and shoplifting is a normal for me now.
Pathetic. How much more they want to rise? Whenever I get the possibility I jump the barriers. I literally despise paying for things I don't have to pay for. Jumping train barriers and shoplifting is a normal for me now. serial thief

10:41am Thu 26 Dec 13

wobblybob says...

Trouble is c2c seems to want to spend the money on everything EXCEPT improving the timetable. Extending all platforms to 12 coaches on the Tilbury loop was a good idea, but then they went and cancelled the additional rolling stock needed to run the longer trains! Now they're doing station refurbs. when what we want is a better service!
Trouble is c2c seems to want to spend the money on everything EXCEPT improving the timetable. Extending all platforms to 12 coaches on the Tilbury loop was a good idea, but then they went and cancelled the additional rolling stock needed to run the longer trains! Now they're doing station refurbs. when what we want is a better service! wobblybob

11:03am Thu 26 Dec 13

profondo asbo says...

Nebs wrote:
All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation.
remember liam byrne's message...shall we just send the invoice to you instead? oh happy xmas btw nebs.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation.[/p][/quote]remember liam byrne's message...shall we just send the invoice to you instead? oh happy xmas btw nebs. profondo asbo

11:09am Thu 26 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Still cheaper to commute into London than pay a mortgage or rent on housing up there I would imagine.

We're all in it together remember.....
Still cheaper to commute into London than pay a mortgage or rent on housing up there I would imagine. We're all in it together remember..... Howard Cháse

1:01pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Nebs says...

profondo asbo wrote:
Nebs wrote:
All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation.
remember liam byrne's message...shall we just send the invoice to you instead? oh happy xmas btw nebs.
There is no money left for anything, but they still seem to spend it.

Bus subsidies cost £2.3 billion in 2011/12.
Rail subsidies are about £6billion.

We spend about £12billion on foreign aid, so plenty spare to give free public transport. Given that we are so far in debt some of these countries should be sending us money. Cut out the private middlemen taking their dividends and there would be some left over for new routes.

Seasons greetings to all at Asbo Towers.
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation.[/p][/quote]remember liam byrne's message...shall we just send the invoice to you instead? oh happy xmas btw nebs.[/p][/quote]There is no money left for anything, but they still seem to spend it. Bus subsidies cost £2.3 billion in 2011/12. Rail subsidies are about £6billion. We spend about £12billion on foreign aid, so plenty spare to give free public transport. Given that we are so far in debt some of these countries should be sending us money. Cut out the private middlemen taking their dividends and there would be some left over for new routes. Seasons greetings to all at Asbo Towers. Nebs

2:02pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Thomo100 says...

Misery.....are you sure!
Misery.....are you sure! Thomo100

2:42pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Make the season holders pay they can afford it
Make the season holders pay they can afford it Living the La Vida Legra

10:02am Fri 27 Dec 13

_Lotus_ says...

serial thief wrote:
Pathetic. How much more they want to rise? Whenever I get the possibility I jump the barriers. I literally despise paying for things I don't have to pay for. Jumping train barriers and shoplifting is a normal for me now.
Yes, this is why all fares have risen, to account for the likes of you.
[quote][p][bold]serial thief[/bold] wrote: Pathetic. How much more they want to rise? Whenever I get the possibility I jump the barriers. I literally despise paying for things I don't have to pay for. Jumping train barriers and shoplifting is a normal for me now.[/p][/quote]Yes, this is why all fares have risen, to account for the likes of you. _Lotus_

10:32am Fri 27 Dec 13

raggs says...

privatisation....eas
ily the biggest swindle ever perpetrated.
if you see Sid, tell him he's been robbed blind and ridiculed by a pack of traitorous parasites.
privatisation....eas ily the biggest swindle ever perpetrated. if you see Sid, tell him he's been robbed blind and ridiculed by a pack of traitorous parasites. raggs

2:31pm Fri 27 Dec 13

beejiu says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Make the season holders pay they can afford it
A season ticket is £4000, which means we have to earn up to an extra £5,000 before (20%) tax to pay for it. And we probably also run a car, as a necessity, costing about another £5,000 in car, maintenance and fuel. For many that's about 1/3 of our income. Hardly affordable.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: Make the season holders pay they can afford it[/p][/quote]A season ticket is £4000, which means we have to earn up to an extra £5,000 before (20%) tax to pay for it. And we probably also run a car, as a necessity, costing about another £5,000 in car, maintenance and fuel. For many that's about 1/3 of our income. Hardly affordable. beejiu

5:56pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Ho Ho Ho
Ho Ho Ho Nowthatsworthknowing

6:02pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Hope they bring back the First Class carriages - sick of sitting near the steerage..........
Hope they bring back the First Class carriages - sick of sitting near the steerage.......... Nowthatsworthknowing

6:57pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

beejiu wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Make the season holders pay they can afford it
A season ticket is £4000, which means we have to earn up to an extra £5,000 before (20%) tax to pay for it. And we probably also run a car, as a necessity, costing about another £5,000 in car, maintenance and fuel. For many that's about 1/3 of our income. Hardly affordable.
You either live within your means, or find work locally....Doh

We three Kings of Big Rayleigh Mount
Made our fortune from those who cant count
Known as bankers throughout this land
The pots of money, simply fell in my hand
a landlord now, with many a house
as it's Christmas, crack open the Grouse.
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: Make the season holders pay they can afford it[/p][/quote]A season ticket is £4000, which means we have to earn up to an extra £5,000 before (20%) tax to pay for it. And we probably also run a car, as a necessity, costing about another £5,000 in car, maintenance and fuel. For many that's about 1/3 of our income. Hardly affordable.[/p][/quote]You either live within your means, or find work locally....Doh We three Kings of Big Rayleigh Mount Made our fortune from those who cant count Known as bankers throughout this land The pots of money, simply fell in my hand a landlord now, with many a house as it's Christmas, crack open the Grouse. Nowthatsworthknowing

5:32pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Mikkel1 says...

If you choose to work in London, then ensure you can afford to get there, or QUIT moaning because other people want paying to transport you there.

NOBODY ordered you to work where you do.
If you choose to work in London, then ensure you can afford to get there, or QUIT moaning because other people want paying to transport you there. NOBODY ordered you to work where you do. Mikkel1

8:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Mikkel1 wrote:
If you choose to work in London, then ensure you can afford to get there, or QUIT moaning because other people want paying to transport you there.

NOBODY ordered you to work where you do.
Heres hoping other dont use the service, more room for me and my bycycle
[quote][p][bold]Mikkel1[/bold] wrote: If you choose to work in London, then ensure you can afford to get there, or QUIT moaning because other people want paying to transport you there. NOBODY ordered you to work where you do.[/p][/quote]Heres hoping other dont use the service, more room for me and my bycycle Nowthatsworthknowing

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