Should the UK government subsidise the cost of train fares?

3 answers

  • No. Provided you buy in advance, rather than buying the most expensive ticket on the day of travel, the UK's train fares are amongst the cheapest in Europe.

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  • No. Fare increases are in line with inflation, so capping this would take money away from maintenance and upgrades.

  • No. Subsidising rail fares would mean that poorer taxpayers, who use trains less frequently, are paying for the commutes and regular long distance travel of the rich.