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Your stories: rail fares

Every week, people from around the country tell us why it's vital to them that rail services are affordable. Tell us why affordable rail services are vital to you.

"I would prefer to travel by rail to get to work in London, it being a much more efficient use of energy and time. However, I cannot keep absorbing substantial increases in rail fares while my own salary is not increasing at all year-on-year. This will be yet another year with no salary increase, and I know I am not alone in that situation. My season ticket costs a whopping £3,976 and a 4% increase would take that to £4,135 - an enormous sum. I have travelled by train in various European countries and ticket prices are nowhere near as expensive as they are here. We must be due a freeze on rail fares after the years of above-inflation increases." Robert Graves

"The impact of increasing fare increases on the public has been devastating. What tends to be forgotten is that high fares can also force people to move house or change employment. This in turn can restrict social and family time. I believe that a fundamental change in strategy is required. No longer can we have fare increases higher than inflation. Public ownership has to be the way forward." Malcolm Walker

"I live in Reading and I've worked for a library in London since 1987. I commute every day and my fare when I renew at the end of December will be over £5,000. This is a huge proportion of my salary which is £29,000 before tax. In the end it will get to the point where it is totally uneconomic for me to continue with my job which I love." Guy Penman

"My monthly rail travel to London is £551 and after my travel and bills have been paid I am left with only a few hundred pounds to survive the month on. If my travel goes up much further it will not be worthwhile to work as so much of my salary is taken by rail and car travel costs. I have not had a pay increase for four years and I have a wife and two kids to look after. The fare from Colchester to London should be £300 a month. It's now rising so fast it will be £1000 a month by the end of the decade. Please see sense and freeze fares for commuters as we are the ones that will drag the country out of recession." Andrew Denyer

Angela and Jan at Chelmsford station"I work part-time for a charity, so I was unhappy to find the cost of my travelcard had gone up." Angela Thomson

"I am a strong supporter of the railways but the ever increasing fares cause me great concern. It not only impacts on me but also my family who would prefer to travel by train if the fares were more reasonable." Jan Wallace

"I use the train to travel to work, see friends and visit family. I have been using the same line and services for the past five years and have seen fares increase from £9 to £11 with my disabled railcard discount. In return, the trains are old, noisy, overcrowded and uncomfortable. If I was able to drive, I would avoid trains like the plague." Alexander Turner

"As a Portuguese immigrant in the UK, I found it hard to search for a job at first: the train fares were very expensive for someone who arrived in this beautiful country with just a little bit of money in her pocket. Fortunately I was able to find a job near my home but most of my free time is spent at home. I love visiting gardens, museums, markets and so much more but I don't do it very often, maybe just once every two months, because it costs so much to get there." Sonia Silva

"The pricing system for public transport in the UK for older school pupils is inequitable. Some areas have half price travel for everyone in full time education. In Derbyshire (where we live) young people can get a B-Line card, which gives them one third off train travel but can only be used on daily tickets, not on season tickets, so my 17 year old son is unable to take advantage of the discounts offered by season tickets and has the inconvenience of purchasing a ticket every day. After this academic year children will have to stay in school until they are 18 - many families will struggle to pay the punitive train fares in my area." Melanie Miller

"In total, I am paying almost £2,400 more than I did a decade ago in rail fares. Each year I have to make a decision as to whether I can actually afford to work in London any more, and it may force me out of my current job - depriving a charity of a skilled worker. Why does the Government not see railways as a national infrastructure investment like France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and virtually every other european nation does?" Simon Grierson

"I moved to London for a job, leaving my mum behind in Leicester. The increasing rail prices made it harder for me to go and visit; this was particularly problematic when my mum fell ill, or was in need of support. I wasn't able to travel up and see her straight away when her Mum (my Gran) passed away, and all because I couldn't afford it. I live constantly fearful that something may happen to my mum and that I won't be able to be by her side when it matters most because the fares are too high." KK

The comments on this page have been submitted by readers of this website. Campaign for Better Transport cannot take responsibility for the accuracy of the comments, and does not necessarily share the views expressed.