Wednesday, 23 August 2017

1.1 per cent increase in rail fares

RAIL commuters from Henley have seen fares go up by 1.1 per cent, the smallest rise in six years.

RAIL commuters from Henley have seen fares go up by 1.1 per cent, the smallest rise in six years.

The increase, which came into effect on Friday, is calculated according to last July’s Retail Price Index and applies to regulated fares, which includes season tickets.

This means the price of an annual season ticket from Henley to London Paddington, not via Reading, has risen from £3,576 to £3,611.76. A journey from Goring via Reading has gone up from £4,184 to £4,225.84.

The Henley to Reading annual rail fare has risen from £1,088 to £1,098.88 while an adult season ticket from Henley to Oxford now costs £2,864, an increase of £24. Revenue from passenger fares are going towards a £38billion modernisation of the railway network due to be completed in 2019.

However, electrification of the Henley branch line has been delayed by at least a year, so electric trains will not start running on the branch line until mid-2018 at the earliest.



Earnings in the UK were up by 2.4 per cent in July, making this the first time since 2003 that they have outstripped rail fare rises. In January last year, fares increased by 2.5 per cent.

This month has also seen the launch of five additional weekday services in the late evening between Henley from Paddington, all of which change at Twyford. The trains leave London between 8.57pm and 11.18pm and arrive between 10.02pm and 12.15am. There are also five corresponding services in the opposite direction.

The new services were introduced after a campaign by commuter group Henley Trains, which was founded in August by Neil Gunnell, a former member of Henley Branch Users Group.

Mr Gunnell said: “We still suffer with overcrowding and people don’t like to see their fares go up but we knew it was coming and at least one per cent is a smaller increase than in recent years.

“We’re also getting an increase of more than one per cent in the number of trains, which offsets the impact.”

He is now campaigning for more frequent trains to Henley during the evening rush hour.



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