As the UK’s workers will now be back in the swing of their working week following the Christmas break, they will be greeted with bad weather and more expensive train fares.
It has been confirmed that average price rises of 2.3 per cent were brought in on the first weekday of the new year. These will apply to season tickets, along with regulated and unregulated fares.
To justify the rise, the government uses the previous July’s Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of 1.9 per cent, and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) explained that around 97p in every pound spent by passenger is used in running and improving services.
RDG chief executive Paul Plummer said: "Nobody wants to pay more to travel to work and at the moment in some places people aren't getting the service they are paying for.
"However, increases to season tickets are set by government. Money from fares is helping to sustain investment in the longer, newer trains and more punctual journeys that passengers want."
Transport secretary Chris Grayling also commented on the plans, noting that the government is introducing the largest rail modernisation programme for over a century, meaning more seats and services for passengers.
While more money is being invested, demands on the UK’s train network continue to rise, making it more expensive for employees to reach their place of work and enjoy a strong work/life balance.
In order for workers to truly make the most of their work days, they should be able to enjoy their time travelling to work without worrying about finding a seat or having enough space to store their luggage.
With prices continuing to rise despite commuters still experiencing problems, now could be the right time for employees to consider another mode of transport to reach their office.
Even though seasonal passes provide a significant discount compared to daily tickets, the cost of travelling by train remains high. On the other hand, coach services provide direct transport without having to worry about finding a seat or being able to store your bags.
What’s more, tickets can be purchased for cheaper prices in advance, providing even more savings for commuters. If there are any delays or cancellations, passengers will be informed as soon as possible in order to reduce confusion.
By using the coach, employees can put their feet up and relax on their way to and from work, marking a significant improvement over the country’s congested peak railway network.