North Essex commuters will see average rail fare increase of 3.1 per cent from January

Gazette: North Essex commuters will see average rail fare increase of 3.4 per cent from January North Essex commuters will see average rail fare increase of 3.4 per cent from January

NORTH Essex commuters will see an average increase to their annual rail fare of 3.1 per cent from January.

The Rail Delivery Group, which published the price rises on behalf of the industry this morning, said they are in line with Retail Prices Index figures released in July.

In Colchester, that means a rail season ticket will increase from £4,556 per year to £4,690 - a 2.72 per cent rise.

Commuters in Clacton will see a 4.1 per cent rise, from £4,948 to £5,152m while in Harwich the increase will be 4.07 per cent, from £5,104 to £5,312.

Manningtree commuters pay £5,060 at the moment. Their fares will rise to £5,232 - an increase of 3.4 per cent.

The majority of the rises will take place on January 2.

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11:29am Mon 23 Dec 13

wardyt says...

Could have been a lot worse. I can cope with an extra £11 per month.
Could have been a lot worse. I can cope with an extra £11 per month. wardyt

12:32pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Ossiepith says...

That's above inflation. George Osborne said in his Autumn statement that rail fares would not be allowed to rise about the rate of inflation. Nice one George!
That's above inflation. George Osborne said in his Autumn statement that rail fares would not be allowed to rise about the rate of inflation. Nice one George! Ossiepith

1:26pm Mon 23 Dec 13

rationalThinker says...

and in exchange we get a service that is getting worse by the day. Trains that still dump the contents of there toilets on to the track and spend more time breaking down than they do transporting passengers. The most expensive third world rail service in the world.
and in exchange we get a service that is getting worse by the day. Trains that still dump the contents of there toilets on to the track and spend more time breaking down than they do transporting passengers. The most expensive third world rail service in the world. rationalThinker

1:37pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Scoot says...

rational Thinker, I agree that the trains break down, but if they had to store waste rather than dumping it on the track there would be a loss of seating/space, which for those West of Chelmsford may not be too much hassle as it(on a good day) is around 40 mins to London. However for those living further out the seats are vital. However I would agree that something needs to be done with regard to preventing people flushing at Liverpool St.
rational Thinker, I agree that the trains break down, but if they had to store waste rather than dumping it on the track there would be a loss of seating/space, which for those West of Chelmsford may not be too much hassle as it(on a good day) is around 40 mins to London. However for those living further out the seats are vital. However I would agree that something needs to be done with regard to preventing people flushing at Liverpool St. Scoot

7:57pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Anonymous_10 says...

Why would you loose seating space? The retention tanks are fitted underneath the trains. There as major improvements coming to our area of the rail network in the next few years, such as a "brand new" refurbished trial train that is about to enter service anyday now (that include toilet retention tanks, air conditioning, new seating and new sealed windows). More modern traction equipment being trialled and fitted across the fleet aswell but the problem is it takes time. When each train will take in the region of 4-6 weeks maybe longer to be refurbished and there are 94 trains that require this work to be done (and this number will increase with the next change of franchise) you can start to get an idea of how long this will take. The more major changes you will see at the start of the next franchise as theyll be lumbered with the current issues for the next 15 years so it will make more commercial sense for the business to invest as theyll see a return on the investment that the current operator will not in the short time they have left.
Why would you loose seating space? The retention tanks are fitted underneath the trains. There as major improvements coming to our area of the rail network in the next few years, such as a "brand new" refurbished trial train that is about to enter service anyday now (that include toilet retention tanks, air conditioning, new seating and new sealed windows). More modern traction equipment being trialled and fitted across the fleet aswell but the problem is it takes time. When each train will take in the region of 4-6 weeks maybe longer to be refurbished and there are 94 trains that require this work to be done (and this number will increase with the next change of franchise) you can start to get an idea of how long this will take. The more major changes you will see at the start of the next franchise as theyll be lumbered with the current issues for the next 15 years so it will make more commercial sense for the business to invest as theyll see a return on the investment that the current operator will not in the short time they have left. Anonymous_10

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