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Commuters facing another hike in rail fares from January

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Train travel will cost more next year

Rail fares will rise again in January, prompting further anger from commuters and consumer groups.

Some commuters across Scotland will see ticket prices increase by more than £100 a year.

All regulated fares will increase, including all weekly, monthly and annual season tickets purchased by commuters in the UK.

This new fare rise follows a 3.1% increase in January. Over the last 10 years the cumulative fare increase has been 37%.

The rise was announced after CPI inflation rose to 2.1% in July. However, Kevin Brown, savings specialist at Scottish Friendly, expressed concern that rail companies are benefiting from the retail price index (RPI) being used as a measure to help set prices.

“The only benefactors of using RPI to calculate the cost of rail fares are the train companies. The RPI is currently 0.7% higher than the UK’s standard measure of inflation, the consumer price index, despite it unexpectedly rising by 0.1% this month,” he said.

Fare rises include:

• Glasgow – Dundee, up £157 to £5,781
• Lockerbie – Edinburgh, up £147 to £5,399
• Dumfries – Glasgow, up £125 to £4,601
• Dundee – Edinburgh, up £124 to £4,572
• Milngavie – Edinburgh, up £132 to £4,864
• Stirling – Dundee, up £105 to £3,865
• Glasgow – Stranraer, up £119 to £4,399

Scottish Labour said it is “simply unfair” for commuters to have to pay more for a service plagued by delays, cancellations and over crowding. 

Scottish Labour’s transport spokesman, Colin Smyth, said: “This rip off rail fare rise is unwanted, unwelcome and unnecessary and will hit thousands of working people who use Scotland’s railways to get to work.

“Passengers all across Scotland will feel the effects of this fare rise, with annual season tickets between Dundee and Glasgow and Lockerbie and Edinburgh costing over £5,000.

“The UK and Scottish rail franchise system is broken. Only Scottish Labour will bring our railways back under public ownership.”

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