Plymouth-London rail fare jumps 9.6% next year – UK average is 5.9%
Plymouth – London rail fares will jump almost 10% next year the Telegraph reports (see article). Average UK rises are 5.9% and the industry it seems is trying to keep this huge rise quiet.
This while no improvements to services have been tabled, and the only government pledge is not to allow things to deteriorate. Meanwhile, carriages on most journeys remain overcrowded with standing room only from London to at least Taunton a regular feature.
To return things to an acceptable level would require huge investment and nothing is being offered while fares bound ahead. Its hard to understand how people seriously believe rail offers a real alternative to Plymouth’s air links.
Redeveloping Plymouth’s airport as a world class international gateway with rapid domestic links would cost just a fraction of the amount needed to upgrade road and rail links.