new year for most here in the UK will mean more of the same as last
year, “austerity cuts” price increases and rising unemployment.
Those who still have a job and have to travel will be hit again on
January as rail fares are set to rise by an “average” of 6%, no
doubt making some think, “is the job really worth it”. If they
take a look at what we in the UK have to pay to travel on the rail
network and compare it with what those in the rest of Europe pay,
then it might be easier to answer that question.
eye-popping information is taken from an article in the Evening Times
30 December 2011.
TEN times bigger!!!
SOME UK rail
commuters facing 6% average fare rises next week are already paying
almost 10 times more for season tickets than their European
today show the price of a 2011 season ticket from Glasgow to Falkirk,
which is around 22 miles, would be £1956. A ticket from Woking in
Surrey to London, which is the same distance, including Tube travel
in the capital, is £3268.
Yet a similar
22-mile journey from Velletri to Rome costs Italian season ticket
holders just £336.17, say the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).
Similar journeys of around 21-24 miles in other European countries
reveal that rail travellers on the continent are paying far less for
According to the CBT
figures, which include the equivalent of multi-modal travel tickets
on each city’s underground systems, an annual season ticket for the
24-mile journey from Ballancourt-sur-Essonne to Paris costs £924.66.
The cost of a season ticket on the 21-mile Strausberg to Berlin route
is £705.85, while the 22-mile Collado-Villalba to Madrid trip costs
Spanish season ticket holders £653.74.
From January 2, UK
regulated fares, which include season tickets, are rising by an
average of 6%. The average for all tickets is 5.9%. And the
Government still plans annual rises of RPI inflation plus 3% for
January 2013 and January 2014.
transport campaigner Sophie Allain said: “Even we were shocked by
how much more the UK ticket was in comparison to our European
counterparts. “If the Government is serious about promoting
economic growth it must look at reducing planned fare rises.”