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Train fares to rise by 2.3% in 2017

Graham Watson

4th December 2016

Train fares are set to increase by more than the rate of inflation next year, which must be little comfort for public sector workers faced with a pay freeze. This has brought muted protests from commuters and closer scrutiny of what determines fares.

A decade of fare rises from 2004 and largely attributable to a change in the way that fares are paid, with an ever smaller proportion of fares being financed out of the public purse, and a greater proportion coming from users of the rail service.

In addition, the nation's creaking rail infrastructure is also in need of considerable investment given rising demand for train travel.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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