Labour compared costs on over 180 routes since 2010 and new prices that will be implemented today (Tuesday 02 January 2018).
The average commuter will now be paying £2,888 for their season ticket, £694 more than in 2010. The new figures show:
- That some commuters are paying over £2,500 more to travel to work than in 2010.
- The highest increase was on a season ticket between Birmingham and London Euston which will have risen by £2,539 since 2010 and now costs £10,567.
- The biggest percentage increase identified was between Thame Bridge Parkway near Walsall and Nuneaton, where the cost of an annual season ticket will have risen by 50 per cent since 2010.
- Average fares have risen more than three times faster than wages.
Labour will reform the rail system, to put passengers’ interests rather than profit at its heart by introducing a Public Ownership of the Railways Bill, to bring our railways back into public ownership, as franchises expire, or in other cases with franchise reviews of break clauses.
In public ownership, we will deliver real improvements for passengers by capping fares, introducing free Wi-Fi across networks, ensuring safe staffing levels, ending the expansion of driver only operations, and introducing legal duties to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.
This year, through Labour's policy making process, the National Policy Forum (NPF), we'll be looking at how we further develop the policies set out in our manifesto. We have chosen eight key areas to examine and we want to hear your thoughts.
We'll be providing further details in the New Year, including publishing consultation documents and letting members and local parties know more about the different ways to play a part. In the meantime if you want to let us know your thoughts — either on the eight topics or on any other policy area — or are interested in finding out more about how the Party makes policy, you can do so on our online submissions page.