End #RailRipOff

UK vs continental Europe rail fares

In January, passengers returning to work after Christmas will see their fares rise yet again. Commuters in the UK are spending up to 6x as much of their wages on rail fares than passengers using publicly-owned railways in France, Germany, Spain and Italy – according to new analysis published by Action for Rail today. We have the highest commuter fares in Europe, yet our services are often overcrowded, late and under-staffed.

This table shows the the comparisons in more detail:

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Take action now: ask your MP to support a publicly owned railway that puts people before profits

The comparably high costs of the UK’s privatised railways are reflected in public opinion. A new poll for Action for Rail of 1,719 UK adults by YouGov in December 2015 found that:

  • 61 per cent say UK train services are bad value for money.
  • 62 per cent think that fares would be cheaper if train companies weren’t trying to make a profit.
  • 62 per cent support bringing train companies back into public ownership.

Action for Rail and rail campaigners are holding a series of nationwide protests today, Monday 4 January, calling for an end to the #railripoff and for public ownership.

In December, we asked commuters at London King’s Cross Station what they thought about fares, value for money and public ownership – watch our video

Take action now: ask your MP to support a publicly owned railway that puts people before profits