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Uttoxeter rail fare increase set to hit passengers

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

By Joanna Craig

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RAIL fare increases could hit Uttoxeter passengers deep in the pocket as a raft of price hikes have been announced for the New Year.

East Midlands Trains confirmed regulated fares from Uttoxeter train station including season tickets and off-peak return fares are currently set to increase in line with inflation from January 2015 which could see rises from 3.5 per cent come into force in the New Year.

Following the release of July's inflation figures, average fares across the county are due to go up by July's Retail Price Index (RPI) plus one per cent.

The RPI for last month was 2.5 per cent according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: "The Government set the formula for regulated fares, which include season tickets and off-peak return fares across the country including Uttoxeter.

"The formula set by the Government is currently RPI plus one per cent for increases on regulated fares from January 2015.

"Regulated fares include season tickets.

"July's Retail Price Index (RPI), which was announced yesterday by the ONS, helps to determine season tickets and other regulated fares for 2015.

"We wouldn't confirm details of individual fares changes for January 2015 until the end of the year."

Responding to the publication of July's Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation figure of 2.5 per cent, Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), the companies responsible for day-to-day operation on the railway, said: "Money from fares pays for more trains, better stations and faster services on what is already Europe's fastest growing, safest and most improved railway.

"During the next five years, £38 billion will be invested in improving the network.

"For a decade, successive governments have regulated commuter fares so as to increase the share of rail's costs paid by passengers rather than taxpayers.

"Our commitment is to continue to get more out of every pound we spend and encouraging more train travel to pay for services and improvements."

However transport union RMT have slammed the increases.

Paul Walker of the Burton branch said: "Britain's rail fares are the most expensive in Europe and further increases are a further kick in the teeth for commuters.

"Even set at the new level of inflation rail fares are Britain remain excessively high and are well above average earnings.

"All the political parties seem to be naive to the fact that nationalisation is the best way to cut fares."

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