Suffolk: Rail season tickets from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street to reach £6k in 2014

Cost of rail fares to rise again in 2014 Cost of rail fares to rise again in 2014

Callum Maclean callum.maclean@archant.co.uk
Monday, December 23, 2013
9:36 PM

Rail users in the region are set to see another increase in fares next year, with some facing season ticket costs of over £6000.

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Off-peak return

Ipswich-Liverpool St - £38.90 - rise of 4.9%

M’tree-Liverpool St - £35.20 - rise of 4.1%

Colch-Liverpool St - £34.10 - rise of 4.0%

The price rise means commuters into London from Ipswich and Stowmarket buying an annual season ticket after January 2 will pay £6000 or more.

Commuters from Manningtree, Colchester and Woodbridge have also seen price rises.

Off-peak return tickets have also seen increases.

The increases are linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation figure, as opposed to the usually-lower Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure that is used for Government benefits.

Annual season tickets

Ipswich-Liverpool St £6,000 - rise of 2.7%

M’tree-Liverpool St £5,232 - rise of 3.4%

Colch-Liverpool St £4,680 - rise of 2.7%

Stow-Liverpool St £6,192 - rise of 4.1%

W’bridge-Liverpool St £6,376 - rise of 4.1%

David Bigg, chairman of Witham and Braintree Rail Users Association, said: “It’s never good news.

“Wage inflation is way below the measure of inflation, and the service is not improving.”

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport spoke out against the RPI link and said: “The Government has already switched to CPI for most things.

“Doing the same for train fares would have little impact on revenues, but it would save passengers money.”

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “Annual fare rises help to maintain investment in the railways and are determined largely by government policy.”

Mr Bigg thought that the price increase was part of a larger issue.

He said: “Rail users must pay for it. If you don’t, you don’t go to work.

“Commuters will have less. How can the economy grow?”

Rod Lane, vice-chair of the Witham and Braintree Rail Users Association was worried about the capacity of the trains and said: “I see the situation getting worse and worse. The only way to improve capacity is double decker trains.”

Mr Lane believes that it will only take two or three years until the trains are overcrowded.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “As well as protecting regulated fares, the Government is driving forward the biggest programme of rail modernisation programmes ever, with £38 billion being invested over the next five years.

“That means new state-of-the-art trains, better stations and hundreds of miles of electrified track which will help cut journey times, provide better connections and stimulate growth across the country.”

3 comments

  • A friend travelled by train from ELY to LONDON; her ticket was much cheaper than mine from Ipswich to London but the distance is about the same. Another friend recently travelled to Farnborough. The ticket was about £104 return from Ipswich ... BUT, by purchasing a ticket from Ipswich to Manningtree and then Manningtree to Farnborough it was about £68. But some may say what a hassle to have to change trains ... but she did not have to change trains at all. As long as the train was scheduled to stop at Manningtree it was okay. She just stayed on the train. There were only two trains from London, at about 4 p.m., which she could not use as they passed through Manningtree but did not stop there. Another friend was told by Greater Anglia's booking office that the cheapest ticket to the West Country was £250 and he was told that all cheaper tickets had sold out, including one he had seen online at £68. So he went onto the Great Western website and booked it for £68. What a mess the railways are in, along with most denationalised services.

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    Johnthebap

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • We pay some of the highest fares per mile on the UK rail network but have always had second hand trains on the mainline other operators have got rid of. This despite the fact that it is a profitable network that Greater Anglia pays the Govemment vast millions per year to act as the operator. Rail fares should be mileage based and then we would have much lower fares if ours was brought down to the average. Greater Anglia is getting even meaner than the old operator One. Latterly if the mainline has been late and missed the last East Suffolk line service the replacement bus service is not a bus from the station. No I have been told to walk up to the bus station in Ipswich to get a bus from there. Shameful.

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    enggeol

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • I cannot be the only one who thinks that we in East anglia are being taken for mugs. DoT spokeswoman, blah blah blah. MPs blah blah blah. Yet again delayed home tonight, not by the weather but (another) broken down train. The politicians have whined on for years, but none of them have the guts to do anything now. Half fares now! So we are paying a reasonable amount for a lousy service.

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    trevorwoolnough

    Monday, December 23, 2013

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