The announcement that rail fares will rise again in January 2016 means that passengers in St Helens South and Whiston have been hit by a cost increase of 25% per cent since 2010.
The new fare rises will come into effect on January 2nd 2016. Figures released today show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Rainhill to Manchester Victoria has risen by £438 or 25% since 2010.
Earlier this year, David Cameron said that higher rail fares were necessary to fund improvement projects, which were promised in the Conservative manifesto. Key rail investment projects were then put on hold just weeks after the general election.
Rail Minister, Claire Perry MP, was criticised last year after she said that passengers should ‘start to realise that they are paying fair fares for comfortable commuting.’
Overall passenger satisfaction has declined since 2010 whilst ticket prices have continued to soar with some local commuters now paying over £2,200 a year for a season ticket.
Commenting, Marie Rimmer MP said:
“Passengers in St Helens South and Whiston are paying more and more each year to travel on increasingly overcrowded and unreliable trains. The cost of rail fares has risen much faster than wages and promised investment projects are not being delivered.
“The Conservatives are failing to put passengers first. The latest announcement on fare rises means that the cost of season tickets in our area will have risen by 25% under their watch, putting real pressure on household budgets.
“Instead of talking about ‘fair fares for comfortable commuting,’ Ministers should instead reform the railways, deliver better value for money and give passengers a real voice.”