Commuters face an unwelcome 3.2% price hike in rail fares, which will see prices continue to rocket. Across the region in Cambridge, Ipswich and Diss, a season ticket to London will increase by over £200 and prices in Luton, Chelmsford, St Albans will go up by £100.
The news comes hot on the heels of cancellations, chaos and delays across the rail network and a ten year record low for commuter satisfaction.
East of England Labour MEP Alex Mayer has backed calls for the lower Consumer Prices Index (CPI), rather than the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to be used to set January rail fare rises.
Britain’s rail commuters will spend up to five times more of their income than their European counterparts as a result of January’s price hike.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “Give commuters a break. Surely after the chaos of the last few months, the Government should not be allowing fares to increase faster than many people’s wages.
“This news is yet another smack in the face for hard working commuters who have been hit again and again by eye-watering rail fare rises. We need to be encouraging people onto trains not putting obstacles in the way.
“Especially after the chaos of the last few months, commuters deserve a break. The Government should not be allowing fares to increase faster than many people’s wages.”
“Labour would bring our railways into public ownership, this would mean capped fairs, more reliable services and more investment. It’s time to put passengers first, not profit and run our railways for the many, not the few.”
“In Germany, the cost of a season ticket that lets you board any train anywhere in the country is £3,840 for a year. In Luton, for example, we expect commuters to pay £470 more than that just for a 35-mile daily journey into the capital.”