New survey shows 80 percent of Londoners believe rail fare rise is unfair, despite TfL’s response

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9th January 2018 13:39 - Transport and Distribution

New survey shows that 80 percent of Londoners believe rail fare rise is unfair, despite TfL’s response

New survey shows 80 percent of Londoners believe rail fare rise is unfair, despite TfL’s response: Following the 3.4 percent national train fare surge, a high majority of commuters including 73 percent of Brits, disagree with the changes to ticket costs.  

Even though the increase is an attempt to update train services due to a decade of under-funding, 37 percent of 1,087 London commuters believe that national rail services have worsened over the past year.

However, a separate survey revealed that out of 3,973 adults, almost half (48%) believe that the charges of improving and running the British railways should be paid by the Government from general taxation, whereas 29 percent of the British population said this should be paid via ticket costs. 

Previously, ticket costs would pay for half of rail services and improvements, whereas now it amounts to 70 percent. Furthermore, for every pound of rail fare, the following requirements are funded in order of priority:

·       Investment in the rail network;

·       Industry staff costs;

·       Trains and track maintenance;

·       Leasing trains;

·       Interest and other costs;

·       Fuel for trains;

·       Train company profits. 

According to the Department of Transport, the amount of money that will be invested in the train lines represents the “biggest modernisation of our railways since Victorian times”, as new infrastructures should better co-ordinate the train network’s operations.

In addition to rail improvements, the Transport for London (TfL) are further improving their services to help those with physical, mental and even hidden illnesses, as they released a new tube map earlier this year to help those that suffer from anxiety and claustrophobia. Further to this, Wi-Fi and mobile signals are expected to be improved on some train lines.

The TfL also launched a ‘please offer me a seat’ blue badge last April for those who find it difficult to stand to make “a real difference to passengers who need a seat but may not have felt confident enough to ask for one”, Mark Evers, chief customer officer for London Underground. Plans to sell “baby on board” badges are also in progress to help benefit pregnant passengers. 

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