Millions of passengers will suffer more fares unfairness after 2.7% January fares increase is confirmed

30 November 2019

London’s passenger watchdog has highlighted that the gap between the cheapest and most expensive fares will continue to widen following the confirmation today that rail fares will rise by 2.7% in line with inflation in January 2020.

London TravelWatch Chair, Arthur Leathley commented: ‘This news will not be welcomed by passengers who are suffering from poor performance and an unfair fares system in urgent need of reform. This latest increase again highlights the need for a concerted effort by operators to improve performance so that passengers start feeling that they are getting value for money for the fare they pay.'

London TravelWatch has been monitoring fares levels and the large differences in fares paid by people travelling into London from similar distances, which can be up to £35 a week. We will update our research once actual fares on individual routes and will be lobbying MPs whose constituents are worst affected after the General Election.


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