Tony Lloyd: ‘Rail Fares rise twice as fast as wages under Tories’

Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd, has condemned Tory Ministers after a brutal 3.8% train fares hike was announced by the  Government.

Tony said, “Many families in Rochdale are already struggling to make ends meet this Christmas, and will now be clobbered with an eyewatering rise in the cost of the commute.

“Rather than give them a helping hand, the Tories have piled on more misery. 

“The worst part is that the communities who will feel the brunt of years of broken promises, empty words and no action are at the same time being squeezed by the Conservatives’ tax hikes and rising bills, as those with the broadest shoulders remain largely untouched. “

Labour has compared the costs on over 180 train routes between when the Conservatives came to power and the projected new prices that will be implemented this January 2020.

And this new analysis shows for commuters in [Column A], they will be paying [Column G] for a season ticket between [Column C] since the Tories came to power.
The average commuter nationwide faces paying a staggering £3,263 for their season ticket – £1069, or 49% more, than in 2010.

New figures released today by Labour show:

  • Average fares will rise to 48.9% more than they were in 2010.
  • That some commuters will be paying over £3,900 more to travel to work than in 2010.
  • Average fares have risen twice as fast as wages.


Notes to editors

  • The average commuter will be paying £3,263 for their season ticket in 2022, £1,069 more than in 2010.
  • The average 2017 annual season ticket reportedly costs £2,788.[1] Regulated rail fares rose by 27.1% between 2010 and 2017, which means that the average season ticket in 2010 would have cost £2,194. A 49% (from 2010-2022) increase on £2,194 is £3,263.

Top 5 highest rises in cash terms

Annual Season Tickets20102022 projected£ increase           % increase       
Birmingham – London (any permitted)£8,028£11,929£3,90149%
Coventry – London Euston (any permitted route)£7,096£10,546£3,45049%
Swindon – London£6,640£9,873£3,23349%
Norwich – London£6,212£9,222£3,01048%
Rugby – London (any permitted)£6,280£9,176£2,89646%

Top 5 highest rises in percentage terms

Annual Season Tickets20102022 projected£ increase           % increase       
Tame Bridge Parkway – Nuneaton£1,948£3,293£1,34569%
Bloxwich – Nuneaton£2,228£3,762£1,53469%
Enfield Town – London Liverpool Street£1,200£1,910£71059%
Dover Priory (non HS1) – London£3,880£6,174£2,29459%
Hastings or Rye (HS1) – London St Pancras£4,608£7,328£2,72059%

Fare rises in Ministers’ constituencies

Annual Season Tickets20102022 projected£ increase          % increase       
Boris Johnson: West Drayton- London Paddington£1,448£2,163£71549%
Grant Shapps: Hatfield – London Kings Cross£2,068£3,077£1,00949%

Season ticket data for 2010 has been taken from the Avantix Traveller (National Fares Manual) database.

2022 are based on a 3.8% increase on 2021 prices which have been taken from the National Rail season ticket calculator.

  • Regulated rail fares, which include season tickets and most other commuter tickets, will have risen by 50% on average between 2010 and 2022.
yearannual increase at RPIRPI rate per centCap per centAverage indexed against 2010
  • Regulated fares have risen by more than the average on some routes because Ministers decided to restore ‘flex,’ the train companies’ right to vary prices by up to 5 per cent, between 2011 and 2014.
  • In September 2014 the Department for Transport introduced a new evening peak period in metropolitan areas on the Northern franchise, which raised the cost of travel by up to 162%.
  • Median weekly wages grew by 22.5% between 2010 and 2021
YearMedian (Gross, £)Annual % change
Year% change

ONS, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2020, 26 October 2021,