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For most people train fares are now rising more than three times as fast as their wages. Many people are finding that fares cost such a huge proportion of their income they're having to seriously consider alternative ways to get to work, or even working in a different place.
Commuter fares are set by the Government and linked to the Retail Price Index or RPI. They're going up by more than inflation every year, and are over 20 percent higher than when the current Government came to power. They're particularly unfair for part-time workers, who have to pay full-time season ticket prices even if they're only travelling two or three days a week.
We're calling for the Government to stop using the outdated RPI and link fares to the Consumer Price Index instead, which independent research shows would be a much fairer way to set rail fares, and bring them in line with wages.