Monday, August 16, 2010

Fares Not Fair

Photo by thejonoakley

The news made me drop the soap.

Standing in the shower this morning, hearing that rail fares could rise by as much as 8% next year, my chin quickly followed the soap in hitting the ground.

For a few years now, rail fares have been calculated as being the previous July's RPI + 1%, This led to the anomaly this year of a decrease in fares, since RPI last July was negative.

But the Department for Transport are preparing themselves for being especially hard hit in the government's slash-and-burn money-saving mayhem. They need to find other ways to fund the railways, and posh people don't use public transport - so the fares will go up. They haven't decided how much by, yet.

Of course, there's always the possibility that this "leak" is to soften us up for a 5% or 6% rise, so that we don't think it's too bad after all.

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