GWR criticised over 'unjustified' sky high rises in train fares
PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 December 2017
Rail passengers in Weston-super-Mare will be hit by the biggest train fare rises since 2013, to the annoyance of Mercury readers.
Great Western Railway (GWR) has revealed it will be raising its fares by 3.5 per cent across the service in line with the new Government budget.
The rise is linked to the Retail Price Index, which measures inflation, and the new fares will be introduced on January 2.
Passengers purchasing annual season tickets from Weston to Bristol Temple Meads will pay approximately £66 more, rising from £1,876 to £1,942.
Some of the money from train fares has already been invested back into the service, with the introduction of a new faster and greener train.
The British-built Intercity Express Train will provide more seats for passengers and faster journeys to different destinations across the South West and London.
The train will include bigger carriages, increasing the capacity of trains by 24 per cent and cutting 15 minutes off trips to the capital.
GWR hopes to welcome more frequent services to London, with trains leaving Bristol Temple Meads seven times an hour by January 2019.
Many people took to social media to share their view.
Emma Van Woerkom wrote: “In October I had to go to London for the day so I tried to book train tickets in July and the cheapest return from Weston was £140 - so instead I drove to Hereford and got on the cleanest, fastest, most modern train (with loads of spare seats) all thanks to Virgin trains, and it cost me the princely sum of £24 return. No delays, ample seating and a new train.”
Bex Lynch said: “I used to use trains a lot, but I use Megabus now. Coaches take longer but they are so much cheaper.”
Nick Hill wrote: “The train service is a joke – a return ticket to Paddington from the ticket machine at Weston station for today is £220.
“How can that possibly be justified? It just makes customers feel ripped off.”
Alan Siewertsen Suey said: “Everyone has the power to stop this. We should all come together and boycott the trains.”
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