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Rail fare hikes cause anger in Stafford as commuters slam the rises

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

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THERE was anger over rail fare hikes in Stafford today as a number of commuters told the Newsletter they were unfair.

Regulated rail prices will rise by around 3.5 per cent in January next year.

It follows an increase in July’s inflation figures. Fares are due to go up according to that measure, plus one per cent. The Retail Price Index inflation was 2.5 per cent last month.

Regulated fares include season tickets, anytime single tickets around cities and off-peak inter-city return tickets.

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But today Nan Poyner, 65, from Newport Road, Stafford, said: “I am not happy about the rises at all. I am an OAP and use the train a lot. If the extra money was going to be used to improve the services or the trains I could understand. Some of the trains are not always pleasant to travel on and could do with being improved.

“We have a car but try to use public transport. I feel sorry for those who rely on the trains for work.”

Adrian Daniel, 59, of Great Bridgeford, said: “I think rail prices in this country have always been vastly over-priced. Train travel in Europe is usually much cheaper than in this country.”

Margaret Broader, 68, who lives in Yarnfield, said: “We should be doing all we can to encourage more people to use rail travel instead of their cars.”

Daryl Holstead, 57, who lives in Lancashire, works as a lawyer and regularly travels to Stafford, as well as other areas of the country.

“I often get trains very early in the morning and they are often overcrowded with people practically standing on each other. A lot of trains are not in good condition. Where exactly is the money going?

“Some people might not be able to afford more increases. Many are just getting by, but for a lot of people rail travel is the only way they can get to work. The charges are completely inappropriate and there is no justification for them.”

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