Figures produced for the Labour Party by the House of Commons Library and released today show that commuters on the most congested trains could face fare increases of thousands of pounds if the Government’s plans for new Super Peak fares go ahead.
The Government’s Rail Fares & Ticketing Review, due to be finalised next month, proposes hiking fares on the most popular trains by 40 per cent over five years on top of planned fare rises to manage demand. Super Peak fares would see commuters on the most congested trains see the cost of their season ticket increase by more than £2,500 on average.
Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:
“Instead of pricing commuters off peak time trains through expensive new Super Peak tickets, Ministers should tackle the overcrowding that blights the journey to work for many commuters.
“Most people cannot simply pick and choose when they start work and households already facing a cost of living crisis will simply face even greater pressure on their household budgets thanks to these plans.
“These Super Peak fare rises of as much as 40 per cent over five years come on top of the planned annual increases of as much as nine per cent, despite David Cameron’s broken pledge to cap fare rises at just one per cent above inflation.
“Labour would put passengers before train company profits by strictly enforcing a cap on fare rises and banning Super Peak tickets.”<div>