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Rail fares continue to rise amid commuter chaos

Rail fares continue to rise amid commuter chaos

Commuters are often left with poor service from trains across the country, yet the prices are continuing to rise. 

Many areas of the UK are left with long platform queues and congestion, leaving passengers rushing for seats despite having to pay high prices for their tickets. To make matters worse, the latest Retail Prices Index (RPI) suggests regulated rail fares in England and Wales will increase by 1.9 per cent next year.

Regulated peak-time fares in Scotland will also rise by the same percentage, with studies from trade unions showing that rail fares have jumped by double the speed of wages since 2010.  

The justification for the increase is that pay is now rising quicker than fares, adding that £50 billion is being spent to improve trains across England, Scotland and Wales. 

However, this is challenged by Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Action for Rail Campaign, which argues that prices have increased by 25 per cent over the last six years as average weekly earnings jump by 12 per cent. 

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "This study explodes the myth that rail firms are bringing added value to our railways. In reality they rely upon taxpayers to turn a profit, virtually all of which ends up in shareholders' pockets, rather than being used to improve services.

"Rail privatisation has not brought the improvements its cheerleaders promised - the average age of trains has increased and most new investment is funded by the state."

How are coaches more convenient? 

With prices set to go up even further, now could be the right time to make the switch from trains to coaches, where you are guaranteed a seat and comfort on your way to and from work. 

As many employees have to travel long distances to reach their offices, it is easy for stress and tiredness to take their toll. On trains, this is an even bigger risk when passengers are left to stand. Not only is this physically uncomfortable, it can have a negative impact on mental health, particularly over time. 

What’s more, an uncomfortable commute can make it much harder to focus at work, which can reduce productivity significantly. 

However, by opting for a coach, commuters can set up their own routine. Whether they wish to relax and read a book, take a nap, or perhaps just gaze out at the scenery while listening to music or a podcast, they can make sure they are mentally prepared for their day.

With Wi-Fi and charger ports on board, travellers can even get started with their duties before they reach their workplace or on their way home, which will help to ensure they are not rushed at the end of the day. 

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