Commuters face rail fares hike

Commuters face rail fares hike

Commuters face rail fares hike

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RAIL passengers in Hampshire could be hit by fare increases of up to 5.6 per cent next year.

Figures released today will determine how much rail fares across the country can increase by in 2015.

The Government’s inflation figures will be used to calculate fare increases by rail companies later in the year.

And if the inflation is similar to the Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation figure of 2.6 per cent for July, that could mean average fares increasing by 3.6 per cent.

But companies are allowed to raise some fares by as much as 5.6 per cent, as long as the average fares remain at the RPI plus one per cent.

A 3.6 per cent fare hike could mean the price of a year’s travel from Southampton to London Waterloo would increase by £188, from £5,224 to £5,412.

And a one-day peak-time return would go up from £77.60 to £80.40.

South West Trains will announce its fares for 2015 later this year.

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9:06am Tue 19 Aug 14

SouthernRover80 says...

Oh fantastic. Isn't it lucky that our wages increase by that much so that we can afford the higher rates. I can see why they would do it though as they provide such an amazing service.
Oh fantastic. Isn't it lucky that our wages increase by that much so that we can afford the higher rates. I can see why they would do it though as they provide such an amazing service. SouthernRover80
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9:13am Tue 19 Aug 14

SouthamptonLegend says...

The prices to use public transport are ridiculous already! That's why driving is cheaper and will always be the number one mode of transport in the UK.
The prices to use public transport are ridiculous already! That's why driving is cheaper and will always be the number one mode of transport in the UK. SouthamptonLegend
  • Score: 5

9:48am Tue 19 Aug 14

userds5050 says...

SouthamptonLegend wrote:
The prices to use public transport are ridiculous already! That's why driving is cheaper and will always be the number one mode of transport in the UK.
I caught the first off peak train to London the other day, and expected it to be packed, instead it was half empty.
[quote][p][bold]SouthamptonLegend[/bold] wrote: The prices to use public transport are ridiculous already! That's why driving is cheaper and will always be the number one mode of transport in the UK.[/p][/quote]I caught the first off peak train to London the other day, and expected it to be packed, instead it was half empty. userds5050
  • Score: 0

10:05am Tue 19 Aug 14

Cyber__Fug says...

userds5050 wrote:
SouthamptonLegend wrote:
The prices to use public transport are ridiculous already! That's why driving is cheaper and will always be the number one mode of transport in the UK.
I caught the first off peak train to London the other day, and expected it to be packed, instead it was half empty.
I caught a similar train.... it was half full ;o)
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SouthamptonLegend[/bold] wrote: The prices to use public transport are ridiculous already! That's why driving is cheaper and will always be the number one mode of transport in the UK.[/p][/quote]I caught the first off peak train to London the other day, and expected it to be packed, instead it was half empty.[/p][/quote]I caught a similar train.... it was half full ;o) Cyber__Fug
  • Score: 2

12:06pm Tue 19 Aug 14

southy says...

Optimists and Pessimists
Optimists and Pessimists southy
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12:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

southy says...

You all know the answer to this if you need commute to work and that is to move closer so the travel time is less, If you choose to stay then dont complain
You all know the answer to this if you need commute to work and that is to move closer so the travel time is less, If you choose to stay then dont complain southy
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Tue 19 Aug 14

skeptik says...

Move closer to work? Problem with that is the nearer you get to areas where there is plenty of work house rents and prices reflect that, so folk have to move to areas where lower work patterns reduce housing costs - to do this when salaries are dropping in real terms whilst commuting is becoming a real problem when ticket costs are rising.
Move closer to work? Problem with that is the nearer you get to areas where there is plenty of work house rents and prices reflect that, so folk have to move to areas where lower work patterns reduce housing costs - to do this when salaries are dropping in real terms whilst commuting is becoming a real problem when ticket costs are rising. skeptik
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8:31am Wed 20 Aug 14

The Wickham Man says...

SouthamptonLegend wrote:
The prices to use public transport are ridiculous already! That's why driving is cheaper and will always be the number one mode of transport in the UK.
Here's my calculations. Say you commute Southampton to Central London in a good used car:

1) Distance - 140 miles, total annual distance driven 33,600 miles
2) Depreciation - 33,000 miles on a car, must be at least £2500
3) Fuel (240 days @140 miles per day @ 8miles/litre @ £1.30 /litre = £5460
4) Service and MOT allowance £500
5) Tyres, brakes, other consumables - £150
So your commute will cost you about £8610
The SWT Annual Season Ticket is about £5300 - oh yes and it takes about an hour less each way each day on the train.
But hey, let's see your calculations.
[quote][p][bold]SouthamptonLegend[/bold] wrote: The prices to use public transport are ridiculous already! That's why driving is cheaper and will always be the number one mode of transport in the UK.[/p][/quote]Here's my calculations. Say you commute Southampton to Central London in a good used car: 1) Distance - 140 miles, total annual distance driven 33,600 miles 2) Depreciation - 33,000 miles on a car, must be at least £2500 3) Fuel (240 days @140 miles per day @ 8miles/litre @ £1.30 /litre = £5460 4) Service and MOT allowance £500 5) Tyres, brakes, other consumables - £150 So your commute will cost you about £8610 The SWT Annual Season Ticket is about £5300 - oh yes and it takes about an hour less each way each day on the train. But hey, let's see your calculations. The Wickham Man
  • Score: 0
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