Rail campaign group Railfuture has attacked January’s rise in rail fares, blaming the Government for above-inflation rises.
After describing rail prices as “becoming increasingly divorced from reality”, spokesman Bruce Williamson says that the official Consumer Prices Index is currently close to zero while the Retail Price Index (RPI, a measure that has largely fallen out of favour in official circles) is 1.1%.
“RPI is completely discredited and is rarely used by government except when it comes to jacking up rail fares,” he said.
“These price rises will further increase the gap between our rail fares and those on the continent, making us easily the most expensive place to travel by rail.”
Rail unions also attacked the fare increases, with all blaming privatisation. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Profiteering and exploitation on Britain's creaking rail network is a national scandal. Passengers are left paying through the nose to travel on unreliable and overcrowded services.”