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Opinion: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 January 2018

Time FM Steve Allen.

Time FM Steve Allen.

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Fare rises hinders my new year resolution

New year, new me. This year I am going to be less of the grumpy man I had become.

I plan to find the positive in things, see the glass as half full.

Or totally empty as it’s dry January.

It can be hard to find the positive spin on things but I think it is worth the effort.

The new year also means new prices for train tickets, with an average increase of 3.4per cent.

It isn’t easy to feel positive about paying more for something that is exactly the same as last year.

An increase of 3.4pc in the ticket price would be easier to stomach if the trains were 3.4pc less late or 3.4pc longer.

If the armpit of the person you find yourself wedges into was 3.4pc fresher it would be OK.

I think we’re in the best place to feel positive about this though.

While other areas see little improvement we got to use the new Elizabeth line trains.

They seem clean, they look great, they have displays that give us extra information and also mean at least 3.4pc fewer people will ask you, “Is this train for Stratford?” while struggling to lift their suitcase.

There are no connecting carriage doors so your extra 3.4pc cost means you can enjoy the smell of the food being eaten on the entire train.

Of course the following years we won’t have new trains to keep ourselves distracted and I am sure the fares will continue to go up above inflation in 2019 and 2020.

So the grumpiness I normally have hasn’t gone it is simply delayed, and these days you’d pay 3.4pc more for something like that.

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