The annual increase in train fares was a major news item yesterday. Fares are rising this month by an average of 4.2% and the annual increase has been greater than the rate of inflation every year since 2004.
Naturally, passengers resent any fare increases, especially those that exceed inflation or pay rises. You also hear the claim, as the Guardian asserted, that “British train tickets are the most expensive in Europe”.
But is this true?
To find out, The Man in Seat Sixty-One compared British fares with those in France, Italy and Germany. The results certainly surprised him. And they might surprise you.