Dec 8, 2014

Rail fares to rise by average 2.2%

Ticket price increase is lowest for five years but more annual season ticket holders will see costs top £5,000

 
Rail fares will rise by an average of 2.2% from 2 January 2015. Photograph: PA

Rail fares are to increase at the slowest rate for five years, an industry body has announced, but more commuters will be pushed into the £5,000-plus bracket for an annual season ticket.

Ticket prices will rise by 2.2% on average from January, the Rail Delivery Group announced on Friday.

The government said in September that regulated fares, which include season tickets, single walk-up fares and off-peak services on long distance journeys,would be frozen at 2.5%, the same level as the retail price index (RPI) in the summer.

The increase in regulated fares means that more rail travellers will pay more than £5,000 for an annual season ticket from 2 January. Those commuting from Canterbury East to London, for example, will see their season tickets rising from £4,960 to more than £5,000; Folkestone Central to London season tickets, which were £4,984 in January 2014, will also exceed £5,000.

Silk Road subsidies undermine rail link



Amand Song picks up one of her two mobile phones. At the other end of the line is a potential customer from Ningbo, a large, east coast port city, inquiring about the cost of sending a container from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, to Europe by train.

Song, a former air freight agent, now works for YHV Chengdu Hatrans Intermodal Logistics, a Chinese-Polish-Italian joint venture providing rail freight services from Chengdu to Lodz, in Poland.

Transportation Insider: Ohio State students see light rail costing $740 million

Building two light-rail lines in Columbus would cost about $740 million, according to an estimate by a group of Ohio State University students.

The students in the university’s city and regional planning department studied the possibility of light-rail lines and presented their findings to the Jobs, Expansion and Transportation Task Force that Mayor Michael B. Coleman formed this year.

The two lines they settled on would run between the German Village neighborhood and the campus area along High Street and between Downtown and Port Columbus, mostly along Broad Street. The High Street phase would cost about $335 million. A Broad Street line would take about $406 million.

Strike snarls air, rail service to Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) " Belgian workers striking against government austerity plans have badly snarled rail and air service to and from the capital city of Brussels.

As of Monday morning, 44 percent of flights at Brussels main airport were reported canceled.

Labor union leaders announced they have also shut down Eurostar and Thalys train service to and from London, Paris and other international destinations.

Metro, bus and tram service in Brussels itself has ground to a halt.

Central Government employees should plan their income tax carefully this year

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