Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Presumably we'll have a rail fares cut in Cornwall...

Just a thought, but with average rail fares across England set to rise by 6.2% following the revelation of today's inflation figure, presumably we will be seeing a freeze (or even a fall) in Cornwall.

Rail fare rises are set by a formula. At present, companies are allowed to raise them by 3% more than the August RPI inflation rate. The justification for the level of rise is the investment that is being put into the rail network.

And, as I've mentioned before, there is a lot of investment going into the network to the North and the South Wales. Electrification will bring faster journey times and help those areas attract new businesses.

But in Cornwall we are seeing no such investment. We're even likely to see the number of through trains to London cut from nine to six each day (although the campaign against the cut is in full swing). Surely it would be a double whammy to cut services but still increase fares? Logically, the only fair thing for the Government to do is to announce that Cornwall will see a price freeze or even a cut.

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