Travel To Become Costlier As Railways Hikes Fares From January 1

Travel To Become Costlier As Railways Hikes Fares From January 1

Indian Railways on Tuesday announced a hike in ticket price across its network from 01 January 2020.

Campaigners have called on the government to rethink rail fares as commuters return to work facing another 2.8% rise in the cost of their travel.

He said: 'Welcome to another decade of misery for rail passengers.

The rail fare increases that come into force today have been branded as "scandalous" and "unjustified" by a transport campaign group.

A new fares trial on Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will provide passengers on certain routes with the opportunity to purchase better value tickets aimed at part-time workers, reflecting modern working patterns.

However, insiders maintain that the further increase in fares in premier trains like Rajdhani will not be beneficial for railways as it would be nearly at par with the fares offered by a few airlines.

The increase in passenger fares in sleeper class from New Delhi to Patna for a distance of 997 km means that passengers will now have to shell out approximately Rs 20 more per ticket. "How on earth is the government going to meet its climate commitments by pricing people off environmentally friendly trains and on to our polluted and congested roads?"

Network Rail said a fifth of West Midlands trains had failed to arrive on time, with passengers experiencing several weeks of delays, cancellations and strike action.

The Railways also increased fares for passenger trains by 1 paisa per kilometre.

Fewer than two-thirds of United Kingdom trains were on time last year, though private rail franchise operators have paid out billions of pounds in dividends in the last 10 years.

Increases in about 45% of fares are regulated by the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments.

The Railways Budget, which has been merged with the Union Budget, is slated to be presented on February 1, 2020 and with the fare hike, the government is expecting some respite from the downslide in earnings.

In a notification, the Railways said the increase in fare will be on tickets bought on or after January 1, 2020 and no excess fare will be charged from passengers who have booked tickets before the date.

The 2.7 per cent rise is linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation measure, which was set in July at 2.8 per cent.

This government will improve the railway system to ensure the focus is always on putting passengers first.

The last such hike was announced in 2014-2015 when fares of all classes of trains were raised by 14.2 per cent and freight charges by 6.5 per cent. Fares are up 46 per cent since 2009 while wages have risen 23 per cent, according to the study.

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