Will rail fares continue to increase every year until a point UK cant afford to travel

Discussion in 'Fares Advice & Policy' started by fosterails, 3 Dec 2018.

  1. Deerfold

    Deerfold Established Member

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    Although there's still a few into Kent, the number of commuter coach routes into London has been falling for years.
     
  2. cholsey-choose

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    Agreed. Uber and similar services are hammering public transport, amongst many other factors, such as the massive increase in cycle commuting.

    It always strikes me as a horrible waste of money, but I know 3 or 4 middle-class commuters who take an £8 Uber ride rather than a £2 (approx!) tube/bus trip at one or the other end of their commute.
     
  3. faltskog36abba

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    I travel by train to Glasgow from Manchester or Bolton on advance tickets a few times per year. Some of these tickets are quite cheap if your prepared to get to the station early or travel late, There are some available at the times I wish to travel but they go fast. I pay 50 pounds max for a return or I get the coach -Which I have got for as little as 11 pounds return.
     
  4. al78

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    But by motivating rail commuters to switch to driving, the road congestion increases. Increasing road congestion provides an opportunity to raise motoring related taxes, using environmental concerns as an excuse (not that the government really care about that). Once motoring becomes more expensive, people switch back to rail, then the trains become even more rammed full, which provides an excuse to increase the rail fares beyond inflation, because they must be too cheap if so many people are using them. Lather rinse repeat until the government feels it has enough revenue, or people en-mass eventually twig that maybe living 50+ miles from their workplace is not such a great idea.
     

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