Soaring rail fares may lead to exodus

Echo: Soaring rail fares may lead to exodus Soaring rail fares may lead to exodus

SOARING rail fares may force young Basildon commuters out of the borough, a Labour parliamentary hopeful warned.

Gavin Callaghan, Labour councillor for Pitsea North West, and the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Basildon and Billericay, said the cost of commuting was rising faster than wages.

As a result it was forcing lower-paid commuters to consider if they might be better off moving way to avoid commuting.

Fares for both Greater Anglia and c2c have risen by 3.1 per cent putting up the cost of a standard season ticket from Billericay to London Liverpool Street by £129, to £4,160.

A similar c2c ticket from Basildon to London Fenchurch Street has increased by more than £80, to £2,620, while overall, the average cost of a season ticket to London has risen by 20 per cent since May 2010.

Mr Callaghan said: “This isn’t right and Basildon cannot afford to lose generations of talent, with our young people leaving the borough because they can’t afford their rail fares.

“Thousands of rail passengers will not see their wages increase in 2014 by as much, meaning it will be another tough financial year for them and their families.”

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5:07pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Still pretty good for what you get, and as for an exodus, I'd be very surprised if that was to occur, Ive travelled all my life...
Still pretty good for what you get, and as for an exodus, I'd be very surprised if that was to occur, Ive travelled all my life... LastLaugh2
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5:30pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Won't need all those thousands of new houses then. Can cut that number by quite a large amount.
Won't need all those thousands of new houses then. Can cut that number by quite a large amount. Howard Cháse
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5:47pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

So? If you cant afford to live in a place and commute to work you move home. That's life. Tough - get over it.
So? If you cant afford to live in a place and commute to work you move home. That's life. Tough - get over it. Jack222
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5:58pm Mon 6 Jan 14

shotgate76 says...

Although still expensive, the correct price of a season ticket between Billericay and Liverpool Street is £3,2000. The price quoted is the all zones travel card rate.
Although still expensive, the correct price of a season ticket between Billericay and Liverpool Street is £3,2000. The price quoted is the all zones travel card rate. shotgate76
  • Score: 3

6:03pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Criminal on the Loose says...

I try to jump the barriers whenever I can on the c2c line. Such a rip off.
I try to jump the barriers whenever I can on the c2c line. Such a rip off. Criminal on the Loose
  • Score: -2

7:38pm Mon 6 Jan 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

What nonsense he is spouting - an "Economics For Dummies" course looks in order prior to the election
What nonsense he is spouting - an "Economics For Dummies" course looks in order prior to the election GrumpyofLeigh
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7:57pm Mon 6 Jan 14

wobblybob says...

shotgate76 wrote:
Although still expensive, the correct price of a season ticket between Billericay and Liverpool Street is £3,2000. The price quoted is the all zones travel card rate.
I think you mean £3,200!
32 grand is a bit steep (unless its for 1st class of course)
[quote][p][bold]shotgate76[/bold] wrote: Although still expensive, the correct price of a season ticket between Billericay and Liverpool Street is £3,2000. The price quoted is the all zones travel card rate.[/p][/quote]I think you mean £3,200! 32 grand is a bit steep (unless its for 1st class of course) wobblybob
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8:05pm Mon 6 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Of course it could price some out of their low paid jobs and go on the dole..............
Of course it could price some out of their low paid jobs and go on the dole.............. jolllyboy
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8:08pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Given the costs of moving, either as a home owner or renting, it would be cheaper to pay the fare increase than to move home. If you work in London, and need to move closer to work, the increase in rent or property prices also means it would be cheaper to pay the fare increase.
Given the costs of moving, either as a home owner or renting, it would be cheaper to pay the fare increase than to move home. If you work in London, and need to move closer to work, the increase in rent or property prices also means it would be cheaper to pay the fare increase. Nebs
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8:10pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Of course it could price some out of their low paid jobs and go on the dole..............
Why work in a low paid job in the city, more money to be made locally, without the train, look at it as a 3 grand pay rise
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Of course it could price some out of their low paid jobs and go on the dole..............[/p][/quote]Why work in a low paid job in the city, more money to be made locally, without the train, look at it as a 3 grand pay rise LastLaugh2
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9:22am Tue 7 Jan 14

shotgate76 says...

wobblybob wrote:
shotgate76 wrote:
Although still expensive, the correct price of a season ticket between Billericay and Liverpool Street is £3,2000. The price quoted is the all zones travel card rate.
I think you mean £3,200!
32 grand is a bit steep (unless its for 1st class of course)
O yes. Sorry about that. £32,000 is next years fare. :-)
[quote][p][bold]wobblybob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shotgate76[/bold] wrote: Although still expensive, the correct price of a season ticket between Billericay and Liverpool Street is £3,2000. The price quoted is the all zones travel card rate.[/p][/quote]I think you mean £3,200! 32 grand is a bit steep (unless its for 1st class of course)[/p][/quote]O yes. Sorry about that. £32,000 is next years fare. :-) shotgate76
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12:39pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Ian P says...

Gavin Callaghan, Labour councillor for Pitsea North West, and the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Basildon and Billericay, said the cost of commuting was rising faster than wages. It is the same for those of us who have no choice but to drive to work, because either public transport times do not suit, or it does not pass close enough to work locations. Remind me which party it was who introduced the automatic fuel price escalator in excess of inflation?
Gavin Callaghan, Labour councillor for Pitsea North West, and the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Basildon and Billericay, said the cost of commuting was rising faster than wages. It is the same for those of us who have no choice but to drive to work, because either public transport times do not suit, or it does not pass close enough to work locations. Remind me which party it was who introduced the automatic fuel price escalator in excess of inflation? Ian P
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