MSE News: Commuters hit by 3.1% train fares hike today

"The increase to rail fares sees some commuters paying more than £5,000-a-year from today..."
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Commuters hit by 3.1% train fares hike today

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  • icic Forumite
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    annual season tickets to London from Deal or Dover Priory in Kent now costing £5,012
    Google estimates a return drive from Deal to London and back costing £32.58 in fuel. 5 days a week, 46 weeks per year this adds up to £7493.40. Tag on congestion charging, parking costs, insurance and maintenance and this commuter would probably be pushing £9000 or £10,000 per year. So £5000 on the train is probably a good price...

    My train fare has gone up too, but its still far cheaper than driving.
  • StompaStompa Forumite
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    Well I'm pleasantly surprised that the off-peak fares that I use for leisure travel appear not to have risen at all (as was the case last year and the year before).
    Stompa
  • "Some commuters will now find themselves paying more than £5,000 a year, with annual season tickets to London from Deal or Dover Priory in Kent now costing £5,012 "

    The reality of course is that most people who commute from Dover and Deal use the HS1 which costs £5,996 from there so are already paying more than £5,000 a year!
  • Ich_2Ich_2 Forumite
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    Given that the ON peak fare is £69,60, the OFF peak fare £33.30

    The season ticket £5012 (which is valid for 365 days and more than one journey per day BTW) based on 230 working days that works out at £21.72 per day.

    Please explain MSE why I, living at the other end of the country, should subsidise these fares through possibly taxes!!
  • Kite2010Kite2010 Forumite
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    Stompa wrote: »
    Well I'm pleasantly surprised that the off-peak fares that I use for leisure travel appear not to have risen at all (as was the case last year and the year before).

    I'm surprised it now costs the same to go from Andover to Basingstoke as it does from Andover to Reading (changing at Basingstoke) (£5.90 off-peak with Network Rail Card at weekends). I think it costs the same to go down to Bedwyn as well.
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