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Rail fares soar

Issue No. 1712

Rail fares soar

THE COST of travelling by train has soared 300 percent on some services. An unpublished study by the Rail Passengers' Council (RPC) has found that:

  • Rail travel is 40 percent more costly in real terms than it was in 1970.
  • Since privatisation the cost of a "Supersaver" ticket has risen 20 percent.
  • InterCity passengers have seen the biggest fare rises, particularly from Great North Eastern Railway (GNER), Virgin West Coast and Virgin Cross Country.

An RPC spokesperson said, "Higher fares on many parts of the network are in danger of undermining the government's attempts to fight congestion and tackle the social exclusion that occurs when transport becomes unaffordable for low income groups."

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Sat 2 Sep 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1712
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