Rail fares rise again for 2012

RAIL fares in Boston have risen by an average of 5.7 per cent for 2012.

East Midlands Trains confirmed the price changes, effective from this month, and say the increase was lower than the UK average of 5.9%.

The company said the money raised will go towards £40 million of investment, which has so far included a £30 million refurbishment of their fleet of trains and installing passenger help points and cycle racks at the Boston station.

Managing director David Horne said: “At East Midlands Trains, we are investing more than £40 million to deliver improvements to every aspect of our passengers’ journeys.”

He said the rise reflected the Government’s approach to sustaining investment by reducing contribution from the tax payer and increasing the share paid for by passengers.

He added the money raised through fares went towards better train services and improved facilities.

It will mean that, for example, where a single ticket from Boston to Sleaford on the 7.46am was £5.50 on Wednesday, December 21, it will now be £5.80.

A ticket on the 8.18am from Boston to Skegness will now be £6.60, up 40p from £6.20 on December 21.

A single ticket from Boston to Nottingham at 7.46am, which was £14.60, now costs £15.50 - a rise of 90p.

Jim Froggatt, chairman for Travelwatch East Midlands, which represents public transport users in Boston, said the group is not happy with the rise but said the price increase was low compared to fuel price rises of 12.4 per cent in the last year which have impacted on motorists.

Last year rail fares rose by 5.6 per cent.