December 4 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Havering commuters face steep rises in their train fares next year after it was announced on Tuesday that prices will increase by at least 4.1%.
The changes, which will be implemented from January 2014, could see some residents fork out an extra £70 annually.
The rises are a continuation of the government’s policy to raise fares in line with inflation and then add 1%.
This year’s measurements were calculated by the retail price index (RPI) for July.
Although the average increase of ticket prices will be 4.1%, train companies will be able to add on an additional 5% to some fares, causing them to leap by 9.1%.
Commuters who travel on the Greater Anglia line from Romford to London Liverpool Street will be hit particularly hard.
They currently pay approximately £1,708 for a yearly season ticket, but a rise of 4.1% could see an extra £70 added on, taking the total to £1,778.
People who travel with C2C Rail from Rainham to London Fenchurch Street Station also pay £1,708 annually, so will experience a similar rise.
Havering residents met the news with anger.
Emma Lou Wilcock said on Facebook: “I think it’s disgusting. I got on a train for the first time in months yesterday with my newborn baby and it was filthy, the floor was covered in sticky drink and there was food all over the seats.
“I think they need to sort the trains out before thinking about charging anyone to use them!”
Carole Jane Styles added: “We pay increases each year, yet our trains on the Shenfield to Liverpool Street line are antiques, so we don’t see any benefit in any way.
“Every other train company and line has newer and much nicer trains.”
A C2C spokesman said the company will not release a formal statement until the new ticket prices are announced.
A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “The government determines the average ticket price for regulated fares in January.
“The details of the actual fare increases which will take place in January 2014 will be available later this year.”
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