Putting up the fares won’t drive people towards trains

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The government is certainly not showing any signs of joined-up thinking when it comes to the railways.

The coalition wants us to ditch our cars and use trains because it would be better for the environment.

So how is it planning to achieve this mass shift to public transport? By putting up fares by as much as 30 per cent. Brilliant.

Apparently the rises are part of a strategy to shift the cost of subsidising our rail network from the taxpayer to the fare-payer. So the government has changed an established ticket pricing formula to enable train companies to charge even more.

Result? People who may have been considering going by rail will now stick with their cars. And who can blame them?