Capped rail fare increases – faulty analysis

moan at the Evening Standard about crap maths…


We are being told that although average rail fares will increase by the expected 4.1% next year, the maximum rise will be capped at 6.1% from 9.1%. Rail users’ pressure groups are saying this is good news. They are under-analysing the situation.

If an average is maintained but an upper limit is reduced, a lower limit has to be increased to compensate. It’s basic maths.

Why are we not hearing about those rail fares that might have been frozen next year but will now have to go up to compensate for the new reduced maximum increase?