If you commute by train, chances are you won’t be chuffed!

Dec 6, 2017

If you commute by train, chances are you won’t be chuffed!

Train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 3.4% from 2 January.

The increase, the biggest since 2013, covers regulated fares, which includes season tickets, and unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets.

The Rail Delivery Group admitted it was a "significant" rise, but said that more than 97% of fare income went back into improving and running the railway.

A passenger group said the rise was "a chill wind" and the RMT union called it a "kick in the teeth" for travellers.

The rise in regulated fares had already been capped at July's Retail Prices Index inflation rate of 3.6%.

The fare increase is above the latest Consumer Prices Index inflation figure of 3%, which was a five-and-a-half year high.

The chances are that your employer will not be giving you a sufficient pay rise to cover the increased costs – what can you do?

  • Ask your employer for a payrise – unlikely to be successful in the current climate
  • Move closer to work – significant costs involved and a whole load of stress
  • Find a better job closer to home – less travel time, less stress, less outlay

Talk to the team at Lloyd Barnes to discuss how we can help you take the strain off the train.