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3% rail fare rise above inflation with still stretch budgets

9 Hydref 2013

Citizens Advice has said a rail fare rise of 3% above inflation will still be out of reach for those with frozen wages.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said:

"A curb on rail fare rises may provide a little relief for commuters but with prices still able to increase by 3% above inflation, people whose wages are currently frozen and those earning less than before the recession will still find price hikes a struggle.  There is a huge disparity between the rate at which wages and living costs are increasing - with day to day costs spiralling out of control for many."

Notes to editors:

  1. The Citizens Advice service comprises a network of local bureaux, all of which are independent charities, the Citizens Advice consumer service and national charity Citizens Advice. Together we help people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. For more see the Citizens Advice website.
  2. The advice provided by the Citizens Advice service is free, independent, confidential, and impartial, and available to everyone regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.
  3. To find your local bureau in England and Wales, visit You can also get advice online at
  4. You can get consumer advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or 03454 04 05 05 for Welsh language speakers
  5. Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales advised 2.3 million clients on 5.4 million problems from October 2013 to September 2014. For full 2013/2014  service statistics see our quarterly publication Advice trends
  6. Citizens Advice service staff are supported by more than 21,000 trained volunteers, working at over 3,000 service outlets across England and Wales.