Readers react to news train prices are set to rise
PUBLISHED: 08:30 02 September 2017
The Government announced last week there would be an increase to the cost of travelling by train of more than three per cent - something Mercury readers have been vocal about on social media.
The 3.6 per cent rise is set to come into effect in January and will impact the large amount of people who commute from the town to Bristol every day by train.
Anytime train fares, some off-peak fares and season tickets will go up in price as a result of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation measure for July.
Reacting to a Mercury online story, there was a mixed response to the news.
Pete Maynard said the current service needs to improve.
He said: “More money for what I consider to be a poor service.
“Trains are constantly breaking down and there are frequent signal failures.
“If I could get to Bristol any other way, I would but unfortunately it is my best option.”
However, Chris Tovey said the service is not that expensive and should be valued.
He commented: “It is only £13.90 from Weston to Bristol Temple Meads return.
“That is less than the parking, let alone the 40 miles fuel. It is less than 15p a mile which is a bargain.”
A spokesman for Great Western Railway said the extra money will go towards better train services.
Paula Draper said on Facebook she thinks people will start to find alternative modes of transport as a result of this increase.
She added: “I cannot see how paying more money will change the punctuality of a train.”
One reader is concerned about the size of the trains which run from Weston to Bristol.
Charlotte Sexton said: “Are they going to add more carriages from Bristol to Weston in the afternoon?
“Two or three carriages is not enough, and as a regular commuter via Bristol it’s annoying when you can’t get a seat.”
The Great Western Railway spokesman also said: “The money raised by the Government through fares ensures investment in more trains, better stations and faster services.
“Since 2004 the Government has sought to sustain investment in the railways by reducing the amount that taxpayers contribute and requiring passengers to pay a greater share.”