Rail commuters are paying £2,500 more for season tickets

Rail commuters are paying up to £2,500 more for a season ticket to work than they were at the beginning of the decade.

As passengers are hit today with the biggest fare increases in five years, a report reveals the cost of some season tickets has soared by as much as 50 per cent since 2010.

The analysis by the Labour party of more than 180 routes found the average commuter will be paying £2,888 for their season ticket – £694 more than in 2010. 

The highest increase in cash terms was on a Virgin Trains season ticket between Birmingham and London Euston, which has risen by £2,536 since 2010 and now costs £10,564.

Rail commuters are paying up to £2,500 more for a season ticket to work than they were at the beginning of the decade

The biggest percentage increase was between Tame Bridge Parkway near Walsall and Nuneaton, where the cost of a season ticket has risen 50 per cent or £968 to £2,916.

Labour’s transport spokesman Andy McDonald described the rises as ‘truly staggering’.

Regulated rail fares such as season tickets rise each January in line with RPI inflation for the previous July – in this case, 3.6 per cent. They have risen by 32 per cent since 2010, three times as fast as wages, according to Labour. 

But train companies also exploited a rule letting them impose steeper increases on some regulated fares as long as the average overall rise was capped in line with inflation. The policy was

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