Rail passengers face £160 rise in ticket prices

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RAIL commuters in Hampshire are facing hikes of more than £160 for their annual ticket to London.

The cost of season tickets to London Waterloo will go up by an average of three per cent across the county for 2014 it was revealed today.

Some of the commuters hardest hit in Hampshire are those in Lymington, who see their fees go to £5,708, an increase of £172.

Also having to dig dip in their wallets are commuters in Brockenhurst, who will be paying £5,580, an increase of £168.

Those travelling from Southampton Central to London Waterloo will pay £4,308 which is £120 more than in 2013 - an increase of 2.8 per cent.

The changes, which come into force on January 2, will see prices rise across the UK at an average of 2.8 per cent. It comes after the Government increased tickets by an average of 4.2 per cent at the start of the year.

South West Trains have confirmed that the average increase on all its fares will be three per cent, or an extra 13p on a single journey. The new increases are calculated from the RPI rate of inflation figure for July 2013, which was 3.1 per cent.

Train companies are allowed to raise regulated fares, which include season ticket by no more than 3.1 per cent. However train companies can use a two per cent flex, which means that some commuters could be hit by rises of 5.1 per cent.

Passenger groups have criticised the increases.

Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: "Next month, passengers will see season tickets going up three times faster than their wages. Government needs to do more to stop the squeeze on commuters and avoid pricing people off the railways. We need a permanent end to inflation busting fares rises calculated using an out of date formula."

However, South West trains believe the increases are vital to provide commuters with a better service.

Managing director Tim Shoveller said: "Over 218 million passengers rely on our rail network every year, more than double the number in 1996. We are investing fares directly in initiatives that will provide passengers with easier, more punctual and more comfortable journeys.

“Across the rail industry, we are also working hard to get more for every pound we spend, giving government the scope to hold down fares in future years should it choose to do so.”

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12:43pm Mon 23 Dec 13

News Fanatic says...

Another site gives the cost of a season ticket next year from Basingstoke to London as £4,076, yet it will be £4,308 from Southampton Central. These fares are considerably out of proportion to the distance travelled. How do they work them out?
Another site gives the cost of a season ticket next year from Basingstoke to London as £4,076, yet it will be £4,308 from Southampton Central. These fares are considerably out of proportion to the distance travelled. How do they work them out? News Fanatic

1:04pm Mon 23 Dec 13

SilvanDryad says...

I guess by supply and demand. If more people use the service they'll charge less, but make the same profit. The nearer you are to London the more commuters there will be.
I guess by supply and demand. If more people use the service they'll charge less, but make the same profit. The nearer you are to London the more commuters there will be. SilvanDryad

1:16pm Mon 23 Dec 13

derek james says...

personally i'd rather have the old trains/carriages and cheaper fares
personally i'd rather have the old trains/carriages and cheaper fares derek james

1:19pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Huey says...

So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more.
No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.
So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more. No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them. Huey

2:17pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Huffter says...

Huey wrote:
So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more.
No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.
Really? Have you done your research? I was thinking of working in London about 6 years ago but decided against it.... since then the salary for that job has dropped by about 25% and it would just be unworkable with today's train fares.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more. No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.[/p][/quote]Really? Have you done your research? I was thinking of working in London about 6 years ago but decided against it.... since then the salary for that job has dropped by about 25% and it would just be unworkable with today's train fares. Huffter

3:21pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Harold K Steptoe says...

Not that much considered that if you work in London you'll be on a good wage. Only works out a about 80quid a week. I put 80-100 quid a week diesel in my van and I bet I don't earn a 1/4 of what those pen pushers earn.
Not that much considered that if you work in London you'll be on a good wage. Only works out a about 80quid a week. I put 80-100 quid a week diesel in my van and I bet I don't earn a 1/4 of what those pen pushers earn. Harold K Steptoe

3:43pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Huey says...

Huffter wrote:
Huey wrote: So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more. No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.
Really? Have you done your research? I was thinking of working in London about 6 years ago but decided against it.... since then the salary for that job has dropped by about 25% and it would just be unworkable with today's train fares.
You prove my point.
It wasn't worth it for you, so you don't commute by train.
Those that do make good money in the city, so an extra 13p per journey is nothing.
If you are a professional you will earn more money in London than doing a similar job in Hants.
That is why they commute.
What job were you looking at in London 6 years ago?
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more. No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.[/p][/quote]Really? Have you done your research? I was thinking of working in London about 6 years ago but decided against it.... since then the salary for that job has dropped by about 25% and it would just be unworkable with today's train fares.[/p][/quote]You prove my point. It wasn't worth it for you, so you don't commute by train. Those that do make good money in the city, so an extra 13p per journey is nothing. If you are a professional you will earn more money in London than doing a similar job in Hants. That is why they commute. What job were you looking at in London 6 years ago? Huey

5:19pm Mon 23 Dec 13

ChandlersFordKev says...

My God, what a none story.

This equates to an increase of £3.08 a week or about 62p a day. I suppose everyone should just give up their jobs as this will really effect standards of living.
My God, what a none story. This equates to an increase of £3.08 a week or about 62p a day. I suppose everyone should just give up their jobs as this will really effect standards of living. ChandlersFordKev

7:40pm Mon 23 Dec 13

J.P.M... says...

Huey wrote:
So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more.
No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.
Well thought out comment. Of course the prices for other rail users are a bargain. Hold on I meant to say the most expensive in Europe
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more. No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.[/p][/quote]Well thought out comment. Of course the prices for other rail users are a bargain. Hold on I meant to say the most expensive in Europe J.P.M...

8:51pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Huffter says...

Huey wrote:
Huffter wrote:
Huey wrote: So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more. No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.
Really? Have you done your research? I was thinking of working in London about 6 years ago but decided against it.... since then the salary for that job has dropped by about 25% and it would just be unworkable with today's train fares.
You prove my point.
It wasn't worth it for you, so you don't commute by train.
Those that do make good money in the city, so an extra 13p per journey is nothing.
If you are a professional you will earn more money in London than doing a similar job in Hants.
That is why they commute.
What job were you looking at in London 6 years ago?
Couldn't do a similar job in Hampshire - I was looking at Music Copyright / publishing / royalties - jobs like this don't generally exist outside London... now I'm doing something rather different.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more. No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.[/p][/quote]Really? Have you done your research? I was thinking of working in London about 6 years ago but decided against it.... since then the salary for that job has dropped by about 25% and it would just be unworkable with today's train fares.[/p][/quote]You prove my point. It wasn't worth it for you, so you don't commute by train. Those that do make good money in the city, so an extra 13p per journey is nothing. If you are a professional you will earn more money in London than doing a similar job in Hants. That is why they commute. What job were you looking at in London 6 years ago?[/p][/quote]Couldn't do a similar job in Hampshire - I was looking at Music Copyright / publishing / royalties - jobs like this don't generally exist outside London... now I'm doing something rather different. Huffter

6:53am Tue 24 Dec 13

skeptik says...

More of us in work than ever, 30 odd million by government number cruncher reports - you know them as the left wing civil service of Tory opposition days. Left wing now? All those people working and earning at least the minimum wage on anything from one hour to plenty of hours. We are soon going to be in the black again. Go train you can afford it.
More of us in work than ever, 30 odd million by government number cruncher reports - you know them as the left wing civil service of Tory opposition days. Left wing now? All those people working and earning at least the minimum wage on anything from one hour to plenty of hours. We are soon going to be in the black again. Go train you can afford it. skeptik

8:26am Tue 24 Dec 13

Bowmore says...

Season ticket holders are getting an amazing bargain. Assuming they make 200 return trips a year they are getting over 70% discount on the price someone traveling to London just for the day would have to pay to be on the same train. Also extra trains have to be provided that are only needed for commuters and sit idle for most of the day.
Season ticket holders are getting an amazing bargain. Assuming they make 200 return trips a year they are getting over 70% discount on the price someone traveling to London just for the day would have to pay to be on the same train. Also extra trains have to be provided that are only needed for commuters and sit idle for most of the day. Bowmore

11:35am Tue 24 Dec 13

southy says...

Huffter wrote:
Huey wrote:
Huffter wrote:
Huey wrote: So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more. No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.
Really? Have you done your research? I was thinking of working in London about 6 years ago but decided against it.... since then the salary for that job has dropped by about 25% and it would just be unworkable with today's train fares.
You prove my point.
It wasn't worth it for you, so you don't commute by train.
Those that do make good money in the city, so an extra 13p per journey is nothing.
If you are a professional you will earn more money in London than doing a similar job in Hants.
That is why they commute.
What job were you looking at in London 6 years ago?
Couldn't do a similar job in Hampshire - I was looking at Music Copyright / publishing / royalties - jobs like this don't generally exist outside London... now I'm doing something rather different.
Then your not looking, those jobs are also here in the south and else where around the country, there are a number of recording studios around here each carrying there own people in music copyright / publishing / royalties and probley means that you just have to join the waiting Que to get the job.
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: So what people that live in hants and work in the city and communte on the train do so because it pays them so much more. No one is doing that trip for the minimum wage. £160 per year extra is nothing to them.[/p][/quote]Really? Have you done your research? I was thinking of working in London about 6 years ago but decided against it.... since then the salary for that job has dropped by about 25% and it would just be unworkable with today's train fares.[/p][/quote]You prove my point. It wasn't worth it for you, so you don't commute by train. Those that do make good money in the city, so an extra 13p per journey is nothing. If you are a professional you will earn more money in London than doing a similar job in Hants. That is why they commute. What job were you looking at in London 6 years ago?[/p][/quote]Couldn't do a similar job in Hampshire - I was looking at Music Copyright / publishing / royalties - jobs like this don't generally exist outside London... now I'm doing something rather different.[/p][/quote]Then your not looking, those jobs are also here in the south and else where around the country, there are a number of recording studios around here each carrying there own people in music copyright / publishing / royalties and probley means that you just have to join the waiting Que to get the job. southy

11:44am Tue 24 Dec 13

southy says...

1 simple answer is to move closer to your job or change job to one closer to home, and not to moan when there are price increases this happens a lot when your dealing with the private sector industry there is nothing to stop them from doing so when ever they like, you have no Nationalise Industry that acted like a natural cap on prices to keep them down
1 simple answer is to move closer to your job or change job to one closer to home, and not to moan when there are price increases this happens a lot when your dealing with the private sector industry there is nothing to stop them from doing so when ever they like, you have no Nationalise Industry that acted like a natural cap on prices to keep them down southy

12:31pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
1 simple answer is to move closer to your job or change job to one closer to home, and not to moan when there are price increases this happens a lot when your dealing with the private sector industry there is nothing to stop them from doing so when ever they like, you have no Nationalise Industry that acted like a natural cap on prices to keep them down
What do you do for a living again..?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: 1 simple answer is to move closer to your job or change job to one closer to home, and not to moan when there are price increases this happens a lot when your dealing with the private sector industry there is nothing to stop them from doing so when ever they like, you have no Nationalise Industry that acted like a natural cap on prices to keep them down[/p][/quote]What do you do for a living again..? Shoong

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