Rail users fac­ing 2.98% fare hike to fund im­prove­ments

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

TRANS­PORT for Wales has told our sis­ter pa­per the Daily Post the in­crease on Wales and Bor­ders ser­vices will be 2.98% for reg­u­lated fares.

This is slightly lower than the UK av­er­age hike of 3.1%.

Reg­u­lated fares in­clude most stan­dard and saver re­turn fares, as well as sea­son tick­ets.

The price hike could see an an­nual stan­dard sea­son ticket be­tween Holy­head and Ch­ester in­crease by around £150.

Paul Plum­mer, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Rail De­liv­ery Group, which brings to­gether train com­pa­nies and Net­work Rail, said: “No­body wants to pay more to travel, es­pe­cially those who ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion ear­lier this year.

“Money from fares is un­der­pin­ning the im­prove­ments to the rail­way that pas­sen­gers want and which, ul­ti­mately, help boost the wider econ­omy.

“That means more seats, ex­tra ser­vices and bet­ter con­nec­tions right across the coun­try.”

Trans­port for Wales said ex­tra fund­ing will go into im­prov­ing ser­vices.

Colin Lea, cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence and com­mer­cial di­rec­tor for Trans­port for Wales, said: “Here in Wales, we recog­nise that the last few weeks have been a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult time for our pas­sen­gers, with an age­ing fleet and chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions caus­ing un­prece­dented dis­rup­tion to ser­vices.

“That’s why we are in­vest­ing £5 bil­lion over the next 15 years to re­vi­talise our net­work with new ser­vices and rolling stock.”

The price hike could see an an­nual stan­dard sea­son ticket be­tween Holy­head and Ch­ester in­crease by around £150

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