Campaigners protesting at new year rail fare rises gathered outside Norwich station this morning.

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Rail fares rise today by an average of 4pc across the Greater Anglia network.

The rises could have been steeper but for an intervention by the Government to limit the regulated fare rise to inflation plus 1pc, rather than the planned inflation plus 3pc increase.

But members of the Green Party gathering at Norwich station this morning said the rise was too steep and have demanded rail fares be reduced to an affordable level.

They also called for public ownership of the railways and cuts to carbon emissions through more rail travel.

Leaflets were being handed out asking passengers to take action by tweeting their complaints about fare rises to @transportgovuk using the hashtags #farefail #railfail.

They are also are being asked to email their MP to complain by visiting www.farefail.org.

Rupert Read, from the Green Party, said: “Back in October the coalition government capped the latest rail fare rise at 4.2 percent in order to defuse anger at the 6 percent rise it had planned to allow.

“That was trumpeted by the likes of Transport Minister Norman Baker as a fair deal for passengers.

“But it’s nothing of the sort because even with that reduction, UK train travellers will still be paying some of the highest rail fares anywhere in Europe.

“Yet we are still very far from achieving the kind of efficient, truly integrated public transport system which would benefit us all.”

The price changes mean the price of a peak Anytime return ticket from Norwich to London has climbed 9.2pc, from £98.60 to £107.70. The price of an annual season ticket from Norwich to London will rise from £6,900 to £7,184.

•Changes to season ticket prices

Norwich-Liverpool Street: From £6,900 to £7,184.

Norwich-Cambridge: £3,900 to £4,064.

Diss-Liverpool Street: From £6,420 to £6,684.

Thetford-Liverpool St: From £6,020 to £6,268

King’s Lynn-King’s Cross: From £4,980 to £5,180

Downham Market-King’s Cross: From £4,724 to £4,920

Ely-London: From £4,408 to £4,508

25 comments

  • Why do all these people have to commute? What is it you do in London that you couldn't do in Norwich.

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    Locallad

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Why do all these people have to commute? What is it you do in London that you couldn't do in Norwich.

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    Locallad

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Valpy Word, those bearded ladies of Norfolk are renowned for getting things done...chuff chuff!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • A lot of letters don't seem to make the newspaper any more Ingo, what is yours about?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Ingo, I imagine it's because it will be some more of the usual pro-green tosh that you roll out endlessly.

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    Valpy Word

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Wow. I bet that has sent a message!! A beard, a banner and a bicycle. Sounds like a bad novel.

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    Valpy Word

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • why are you refusing my letter?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Why do all these people have to commute? What is it you do in London that you couldn't do in Norwich.

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    Locallad

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • No sympathy at all for London commuters who choose to move to Norfolk, push up the house prices for local people. As the greens know, it is better for the environment to live in the area you work if possible and avoid all transport.

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    DaveG

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • why are you refusing to print my letter?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • None of the main party politicians are worried about charging those who set an example to others and use the trains. Contrast this with drivers who are having their petrol price rise postponed, with more dual carriage ways proposals pandered. Time to get seriously angry and renationalise our trains, with no compensation paid, with reimbursement only for real investments that have made travel more efficient and more reliable. Expand local networks by using trams running on the same gauge and accessing towns via main roads. And if we build a HS railway, lets build the best, the French ATGV. Current repeated replacement bus services, in many cases with inferior buses, are not acceptable, if we want to use the bus, then we will pay two thirds less for our journey and have better service for it, using buses should result in automatic reimbursement of 2 thirds of the fare for breaking the contract and the journey. But our preferred local operator has promised to pay more to the treasury, all other concerns are secondary to them.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • I love railways,in theory a fast efficient and cheap way to get about! In practice a national joke,expensive,inefficient and the perfect barometer of the state of the nation! The decline started with beeching's relentless pruning of the system,and ended with private companies taking over what should have remained a nationalised asset. Renationalisation and massive investment are the only long term answer,but with the country bankrupt,there is no money or political will to do this.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • I am just so pleased the rail network is privatised because the abuse and complaints that it receiving now would have been tenfold had it still been nationalised. Privatisation is not always the answer. At least we would still have owned it!

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    Locallad

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Looks like none of the main party politicians are worried about charging those who set an example to others and use the trains. Contrast this with drivers who are having their petrol price rise postponed, with more dual carriage ways proposals pandered. Time to get seriously angry and renationalise our trains, with no compensation paid, with reimbursement only for real investments that have made travel more efficient and more reliable. Expand local networks by using trams running on the same gauge and accessing towns via main roads. And if we build a HS railway, lets build the best, the French ATGV. Current repeated replacement bus services, in many cases with inferior buses, are not acceptable, if we want to use the bus, then we will pay two thirds less for our journey and have better service for it, using buses should result in automatic reimbursement of 2 thirds of the fare for breaking the contract and the journey. But Abelio has promised to pay more to the treasury, all other concerns are secondary to them.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Norfolk is cut off on three sides by the sea and on the 4th by British Rail!

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    Rich Hartt

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Looks like the Norwich Green Party is thriving. Ahem.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Looks like none of the main party politicians are worried about charging those who set an example to others and use the trains. Contrast this with drivers who are having their petrol price rise postponed, with more dual carriage ways proposals pandered. Time to get seriously angry and renationalise our trains, with no compensation paid, with reimbursement only for real investments that have made travel more efficient and more reliable. Expand local networks by using trams running on the same gauge and accessing towns via main roads. And if we build a HS railway, lets build the best, the French ATGV. Current repeated replacement bus services, in many cases with inferior buses, are not acceptable, if we want to use the bus, then we will pay two thirds less for our journey and have better service for it, using buses should result in automatic reimbursement of 2 thirds of the fare for breaking the contract and the journey. But Abelio has promised to pay more to the treasury, all other concerns are secondary to them.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Having taken the time to walk past this protest earlier this morning, I fail to see what if any impact this will have made. It looked a peaceful protest and well planned I must add. However, the commuters were still using the service and very few were paying attention to the protest. People will pay the increased prices simply because they have no choice. It would be nice to see where all this money is spent, as service levels are poor and there are constant replacement bus services on the NCH - LDN LIV line.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Of course the country does own the railtrack, stations and related infrastructure as a private company limited by guarantee - a non-profit making company. So to reintroduce the monolithic British Rail is feasible but we should remember that it used to be a running joke to half the country.

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    oldowl

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Expat - I love your ill advised ill conceived comments! I via the taxes I pay subsudise the rail I also pay the train fares so I actually subsidise it twice. How would you feel if you paid for a service that over the last 10 years has has increased fares above inflation with no improvment to the infrastructure. We have had 2-3 operators in the time and we have improved stations etc however the outdated overhead cable that need to be replaced have not been touched. Good transport links is something all communities should strive for regardless of who actually uses them. I think your getting hung up on people going all the way to london, what about the people who commute tofrom Diss and Stowmarket etc?

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    Donna Edwards

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Subsidise the railways? Now that might be something worthwhile, if in reality it wasn't subsidising the profits of franchise operators. This should be no surprise. When the road fund licence was first introduced it went 100% to looking after the road network, now barely 10% of the tax raised is spent on road transport.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Where were you lot in the Labour Party Oh I forgot you started the increase policy on fares

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    No to tory boy

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Will get no sympathy from me, at least they are paying for something they choose to use. I, via the taxes I pay, am being forced to subsidise the rail network for these people even though I don't use it myself. Put up the fares even more and cut the subsidies is my protest.

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    expat

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • No sympathy at all for London commuters who choose to move to Norfolk, push up the house prices for local people. As the greens know, it is better for the environment to live in the area you work if possible and avoid all transport.

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    DaveG

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Am very impressed to read that 'expat' subsidises the rail network for me. However much must he be earning to be stung for all those millions in tax? And how is he able to specify which areas of government spending his tax payments actually fund? I am doubly amazed.

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    a fine city

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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