The RMT says soaring ticket prices on UK train services owned by German, Italian and Dutch state rail firms are subsiding their domestic services.
Soaring rail fares next year will be used by European owners of UK train services to hold down their domestic prices, a study claims.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has published a prediction of rail fares, which will rise in line with inflation.
The government has said that fares will be increased by no more than the Retail Prices Index, but as this is predicted to come in at between 3 and 4%, passengers will still face big increases
The RMT calculated what a 3.5% increase would be on some key routes and said passengers would be paying far more for their journeys than rail users in Europe.
RMT leaders said the European owners of UK services will be “robbing” British passengers to keep fares down at home.
- Passengers in the UK travelling on Italian state owned C2C railways are paying 2.4 times more than their counterparts on similar services run by the same operator in Italy.
- Travellers on German state owned Arriva North railways are paying a third more than their counterparts on similar services run by the same operator in Germany.
- Passengers in the UK travelling on Dutch state owned Greater Anglia railways are paying twice as much as their Dutch counterparts on similar services run by the same operator in the Netherlands.