Turkish state railways (TCDD) has increased the price of high speed train subscriptions from the central province of Eskişehir to capital Ankara by more than 300 percent in addition to other price hikes and measures chopping away at discounts, Birgün newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The price of the monthly pass for the high speed train between the two provinces, used mostly by students and those travelling for work, has gone up from 480 lira ($81) to 1,687 lira ($285), Birgün said.
Other lines that which saw a monthly pass price hike include the Polatlı-Eskişehir line, which increased to 1,260 lira ($213) from 352 lira ($59) and the Ankara-İstanbul line, with a 183 percent increase, from 2,100 ($355) to 3,847 lira (649).
The cancellation of a 1.5 percent discount for all online and mobile application sales and a full business class fee for all travelling in the business wagon, regardless of discount cards, are among the other new pricing decisions by the TCDD.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker CHP Eskişehir Utku Çakırözer blasted TCDD over their newly increased ticket prices.
“Civil servants have received a 5.5 percent raise, but train ticket prices have increased by 170 percent,’’ Çakırözer wrote on Twitter, referring to the inflation-based salary increase announced earlier this month.
“Have mercy,’’ he added.
The Ankara-based high-speed rail network serves Ankara-Istanbul, Ankara- central province of Konya and Konya-Eskişehir-Istanbul lines, along which around 40 percent of the country’s population lives.