Rail ticket price rises will force commuters onto the roads

Rising train ticket prices will force commuters off the railway network and into their cars when costs go up next year.

More than one in four commuters say they intend to change how they get to work next year, with seven percent saying that they are changing their method of transport purely to avoid spiralling costs.
Rail ticket prices are set to rise by as much as 13 percent in the New Year, with fares going up by an average of 6.2 percent across the country.

While some (six percent) say they will move house or job so the two are closer together, many are planning on putting more strain on the road network by turning to their cars.

The number of people that drive to work on their own is set to rise from 48 percent to 51 percent.

"Many people plan to change how they travel to work next year, as rising fares and increased transport stress kicks in," said Martin Warnes, managing director of reed.co.uk, who commissioned the survey of 2,726 people.

"Some feel driving to work alone in their cars will be their only option, in spite of growing green and health concerns."

However, it seems that the rise in car users is not having a knock on effect on the number of people car sharing. The amount of commuters who give one another a lift to work is set to go down according to reed.co.uk, while the number of workers getting to work by bike or by using a park and ride scheme is set to stay the same
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