UKIP’s transport spokesman Jill Seymour has said the Government are “Out Pricing” rail users
The price of a train ticket in Britain will go up by an average of 3.4% from the start of January – the largest increase since 2013.
The price rise includes regulated fares such as season tickets, and unregulated tariffs like off-peak leisure fares.
Mrs Seymour, a West Midlands MEP, said: “This is once again penalising those people who rely entirely on public transport to travel to their workplace.
“We are told that 97% of the money is reinvested in the railways, yet the stories we hear from commuters about tatty, overcrowded rolling stock suggest otherwise.
“The Government is constantly talking about encouraging people to ditch their cars and switch to public transport, yet the price of a rail ticket is already prohibitive for many, even before these latest rises.”
Paul Plummer, chief executive of industry trade body the Rail Delivery Group, said fare changes would provide cash for better services and investment, including the Thameslink and Great Northern rail upgrades.
Speaking from London Bridge station, where five new platforms have been opened, he said “no one” wants to pay more for tickets.
Mrs Seymour said: “The very least we expect to see is a similarly significant increase in the quality of our railway network.
“If it’s not forthcoming, then I can only assume that the rail operators are indeed laughing all the way to the bank, as the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has suggested in the past.
“More than 10% of trains arrived late at their destination over the past year – you cannot continue to hike prices, without addressing shoddy customer service.”