Rail fares increase: What it means for Edinburgh commuters

The fare increases will affect rail commuters who use Scot Rail services

The fare increases will affect rail commuters who use Scot Rail services

Rail unions are to blame for fare rises of as much as £200 on some of Britain's busiest services, the Transport Secretary has suggested.

We took a look at what the increases meant for Edinburgh commuters analysing the rail season ticket prices to find the price differences that Edinburgh commuters could face.

The rail fare increase now means that a season ticket from London to Birmingham will be nearly £3,000 more expensive than in 2010.

Unions, which planned to stage protests at stations across the country on Wednesday to mark the latest fare increase, blamed privatisation for escalating rail costs.

Scottish Labour condemned the "rip-off rail fare rise".

About 40 per cent of fares will rise by the regulated amount in January, including season tickets on most commuter routes, some off-peak returns and anytime tickets around major cities.

Steve Hedley described the Transport Secretary as "failing Grayling" over his call for the rail industry to change the way it calculates fare hikes and staff wages.

The 3.5% increase is based on the expected rise in inflation measured against the Retail Price Index. Rail fares are already incredibly expensive and a rise of 3.2 percent is really going to affect household budgets. "It's no longer a question of if our rail services are renationalised, it's a question of when". The rest are decided by train companies.

The rate of inflation which is used to set rail season ticket prices was 3.2% in July - down from 3.6% past year.

Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, wants to pin fare rises to the lower rate of CPI, which now stands at 2.3 per cent.

Other operators such as LNER, Virgin Trains and CrossCountry will increase their fares by 3.2 per cent.

It has been the policy of successive governments to reduce the funding of the railways by taxpayers and increase the relative contribution of passengers.

It acknowledges that fare increases are "unwelcome" but insists it is "not fair to ask people who do not use trains to pay more for those who do".

Passengers can also save money by getting a railcard, travelling off-peak and booking in advance, although these options are not available for many journeys, particularly by commuters.

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