Rail passengers face long delays to purchase 'millennial railcard'

Labour Party members protested outside Peterborough Station yesterday over a rise in train prices.

Examples of increases in annual season tickets include £148 for Brighton to London (from £4,696 to £4,844), £130 for Gloucester to Birmingham (from £4,108 to £4,238), and £100 for Manchester to Liverpool (from £3,152 to £3,252).

"The rail industry is covering its costs, that explains this average increase of just below inflation", he said on Wednesday morning.

Rail fares increase by an average of 3.1% as of today, despite punctuality falling to a 13-year low.

National Rail said it was "delighted" by the rush for railcards but admitted "experiencing high demand" for the cards "which is resulting in higher wait times than usual". "In Germany it costs £3,955.92, (4,395 euros) for a BahnCard100, an annual ticket that covers travel across their entire rail network, coming in at a staggering £1,496 less than a Huntingdon to Kings Cross season ticket".

Train fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages since the start of the decade despite anger about delays, overcrowding and strikes.

They are promoting policies to improve the railways by bringing rail franchises into public ownership with capped fares and increased investment.

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The TUC said privatisation was "rewarding failure" by handing more than £1bn in dividends to investors in train companies over the past six years, even as ticket prices soared. "When will this translate into a more reliable services that are better value for money?"

Alex Mayer added: "Give commuters a break".

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald claimed the latest increases are "an affront to everyone who has had to endure years of chaos on Britain's railways". We need to be encouraging people onto trains not putting obstacles in the way.

Protests will be held across the network to coincide with the hike in rail fares.

Young people have told how they were left waiting several hours to buy a new card from the National Rail website and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has been branded "totally incapable of delivering anything on time".

Bruce Williamson, from campaign group Railfuture, said: "After a bad year of timetable chaos, passengers are being rewarded with yet another kick in the wallet".

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