To coincide with the announcement of the rise in train fares, Labour has compared the costs on over 180 train routes between when the Conservatives came to power and the projected new prices that will be implemented from January 2021. The cost of a season ticket from Ipswich to London has risen from £5,036 in 2010 to £6,944 in 2020, and will rise to £7,055 in January. A season ticket from Norwich to London has increased in cost by 42% since 2010.
Across the UK, the average commuter will now be paying £3,113 for their season ticket, which is £919 or 42% more than in 2010.
New figures released today by Labour show:
- Average fares will rise to 42% more than they were in 2010.
- That some commuters will be paying over £3,350 more to travel to work than in 2010.
- The highest increase is projected to be on a Virgin Trains season ticket between Birmingham and London Euston, which will have risen by £3,355 since 2010 and now costs £11,383.
- The biggest percentage increase identified was between Thame Bridge Parkway near Walsall and Nuneaton, where the cost of an annual season ticket will have risen by 61% since 2010.
- In Boris Johnson’s constituency, the cost of an annual season ticket from West Drayton to London Paddington has risen by £617 since 2010.
- Average fares have risen two and half times faster than wages.
Jim McMahon MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary said:
“Decisions taken by Government Ministers are making rail travel unaffordable and discouraging people back on to the network which will be vital for getting the rail sector on a stable footing.
“The truth is that our fragmented, privatised railway drives up costs and leaves passengers paying more for less.
“Labour has long argued that public ownership of the rail network will provide better value for the taxpayer and for passengers, the Government must stop paying the profit of the private rail companies and bring the network in-house.”