Average train fares have increased by more than 26 per cent since the start of the recession, almost three times faster than wages, new research revealed today.
Unions said the study, published to mark nationwide protests against high fares, showed how commuters and other passengers were suffering “transport poverty”.
Rail unions, passenger groups and other campaigners were lobbying travellers at 50 train stations across the UK today, warning that 2013 will see fare rises, ticket office closures, staff cuts and more delays and disruption to services.
Fare rises will outpace wages and inflation again in 2013, with the cost of some fares set to soar by ten per cent, while pay is forecast to rise by an average of 2.5 per cent, said unions. Protests are planned at rail stations across the country, including Edinburgh.