Fares rise leads to fresh calls for renationalisation Fares rise leads to fresh calls for renationalisation

Regulated rail fares are set to rise by 3.6 per cent in January, in line with July’s Retail Price Index. The release of the figure by the Office of National Statistics was accompanied by calls for the lower Consumer Price Index to be used instead, while other critics claimed that renationalisation of passenger services would lead to lower fares. The RMT held demonstrations outside more than 30 stations between Fife and Devon, while the Rail Delivery Group said ‘money from fares is supporting one of the biggest programmes of investment in the railway since Victorian times’.

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