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#563190 - 16th Aug 2011 5:03pm Rail Increases of 8%
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Rail commuters are facing ticket rises of around 8% next year, following the release of latest inflation figures.

July's RPI inflation figure determines the rise in regulated fares, like season tickets.

RPI inflation for July was unchanged at 5%, meaning the average season ticket will rise by around 8%, although some companies may charge more.

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said "difficult decisions" on fares had been taken due to the budget deficit.

The rises are part of the government's agenda to reduce the cost to the taxpayer of running the rail network.

For the last few years the formula for fare increases has generally been RPI inflation plus 1%, but for the next three years it is RPI plus 3%.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14538167

They're doing a crappy job of encouraging me to get the train!

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#563199 - 16th Aug 2011 5:27pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: ]
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So all our wages spent on travel expenses mad

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#563201 - 16th Aug 2011 5:46pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: ]
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It's "only" RPI + 1% (6% total) in Haggisville. Still a bloody rip-off. I only want to ride on the train - not buy the flippin' carraige !!!

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#563251 - 16th Aug 2011 7:05pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: ]
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Precisely.

It seems to be a competition; rail or petrol. How about both.

Well fcuk off as I'm going to keep using my car.

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#563880 - 17th Aug 2011 6:19pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: ]
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The British public is basically subisiding the private profits of the directors of Stagecoach, Virgin, First, Arriva and the rest of the fookers who run our railways. Although not perfect, when British Rail ran the services it put the profits back into the rail network. It was run by experienced railway people not accountants and the like. It was also a lot cheaper and required a lot less public subsidy. Also, BR built its own trains meaning lots of skilled jobs for British workers.

Everything about John Major's privatisation of BR in 1995/96 stinks. And we're still paying the price, literally, today. The fooker!!

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#563919 - 17th Aug 2011 7:23pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: ]
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Before all the trendy re-branding crap, British Railways (remember them?) did a good job of running the rail system. Yes. we used to joke about the curly sandwiches etc. but it WORKED !!

That, as Touchstone said, also put the profits (?) back into the railways - not into the pockets of some suited gits in the smoke.

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#563957 - 17th Aug 2011 8:03pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: ]
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Yeah, bring back Dr. Beeching!

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#563964 - 17th Aug 2011 8:10pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: CVCVCV]
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Originally Posted By: CVCVCV
Yeah, bring back Dr. Beeching!
er no, wrong one!
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#564033 - 17th Aug 2011 9:47pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Oh, was there more than one British Railways then? (JK!)

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#564041 - 17th Aug 2011 9:55pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: CVCVCV]
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Oh, was there more than one British Railways then? (JK!)
Yes, there was a whole one, then there was a quarter remaining one wink
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#564045 - 17th Aug 2011 10:01pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Originally Posted By: diggingdeeper
Yes, there was a whole one, then there was a quarter remaining one wink
As in "British Railways (remember them?) did a good job of running the rail system" - into the ground?


Edited by CVCVCV (17th Aug 2011 10:03pm)
Edit Reason: remove unnecessary quote

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#564048 - 17th Aug 2011 10:07pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: ]
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It was Beeching that ran them into the ground, if you go to most other countries, the rail services are not just main-line based but also local services (like merseyrail). Beeching removed most of the local stuff, as it was just before the time a lot of road networks were starting to get jammed up, there was a good chance that the local services may have picked up enormously. It was fairly obvious that cars were getting more popular and showed a complete lack of foresight. (imho)
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#564055 - 17th Aug 2011 10:14pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Really, that was my point, if today you might think BR did such a great job of running things, then you might be looking through somewhat rose-tinted glasses... I remember it a little differently, I suppose...

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#564062 - 17th Aug 2011 10:22pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: ]
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That is true. Prior to Beeching (and BR), the railways recovered quite a bit from the ruin left by war. Money was an issue but removing a substantial amount of the countries infrastructure would seem to be a false economy.
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#564065 - 17th Aug 2011 10:25pm Re: Rail Increases of 8% [Re: ]
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