Fares Unfair 2017: Priced Out of the Powerhouse?

East of the M60 draws comparisons between last year’s rail fares and this year’s price rises

Class 185 DMU, Manchester Piccadilly station
Greater Manchester’s rail scene has come on in the last seven years since this picture was taken. East of the M60 dreads to think how much an off-peak fare to Stalybridge has gone up since 2010.

First the spin: that rail fares have risen by an average of 2.2%. In reality, many casual train travellers do not believe this for one second. Especially if they make a local journey; at least with some long distance trips, you have the option of Advance Purchase tickets.
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