What do you think? – Train fare increases

WITH the news some train fares could increase by up to 11 per cent, the Herald is asking readers what they think about the price rises.

Train fares are set to increase, on average, by 6.2 per cent in January – double the rate of RPI inflation – with some increases as high as 11 per cent.

The Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation is used to calculate the rises in train fares, though train companies can increase some fares by up to five percent more than RPI as long as they cut ticket prices elsewhere.

The extra money is said to be used to fund huge investment across the network, including replacing old signals which have caused delays.

The Government, which has allowed train firms to raise the tickets from January by three per cent above July’s RPI, has said that rises are “essential” for investment, on what is already the most expensive railway in Europe.

What do you think?

Leave your comments below or email letters@worthingherald.co.uk

Read next week’s Worthing Herald, on Thursday, August 30, to see reaction from Worthing commuters.