Train fares rise by almost 6%

AN inflation-busting 5.7 per cent average price rise has taken effect on East Midlands Train services.

Commuters using the Poacher line out of Skegness have already felt the pinch after the jump in fares took place at the start of the new year.

The rise is slightly lower than the 5.9 per cent average increase across the UK network as a whole.

But it still falls very close to the six per cent maximum price rise permitted under government caps

The new rises mean that a return ticket from Skegness to Boston will now set someone back £9.50 - up 50p or 5.6 per cent on last year.

Announcing the price rises, East Midlands Trains’ managing director, David Horne, said: “Money raised through fares helps to pay for better train services and improved facilities at stations.

“At East Midlands Trains, we are investing over £40 million to deliver improvements to every aspect of our passengers’ journeys, including refurbished trains and better station facilities such as refurbished toilets and waiting rooms.

“Fares also reflect the government’s long-standing approach to sustaining investment in the railways by reducing the contribution from taxpayers and increasing the share paid for by passengers.

“In the longer-term, the rail industry is working together to continue cutting costs as a way of helping to limit future fare rises and offer better value for money for taxpayers”.

The firm added that its rise was below the UK average and that many car parking charges at its stations had been frozen or reduced. They added that passengers would continue to benefit from an ongoing £40million investment programme.