Chesterfield rail commuters are set to be hit with yet another fare increase in early 2015.
Unions have forecast that the price of a season ticket from Chesterfield to Derby will now cost commuters £2,155 – a rise of £75 for the 38-minute round trip.
The latest fare increase will now mean that rail fares across the board will have gone up 24.9 per cent over the current Parliament and have risen faster than wages in every year.
Lee Barron, regional secretary of the Midlands TUC, said: “Yet again rail commuters in the Midlands are going to suffer from inflation busting rail fare rises for the coming year. And, of course, this is all happening at a time while wages are continuing to fall in real terms.”
Rail minister Claire Perry said: “Our railways are undergoing a real renaissance, with record numbers of passengers using the rail network, and this is expected to grow even further over the coming years. As part of our long-term economic plan, more than £38billion will be spent on maintaining and improving the network over the next five years. Rail fares play an important role in this, helping to deliver massive benefits for passengers such as increased capacity and faster journeys.”
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