Monday, November 20The Voice of London

Rail Fares Set To Rise In January

Rail passengers will see a 1 .1% price hike on January 2nd in fares across England, Scotland and Wales. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) say this is the smallest rise in six years.

Words: Grace Faulkner, Subeditor: Tessa Ross

Regulated tickets like season tickets cannot rise more than the inflation rate whereas unregulated tickets like off-peak tickets or travel cards can rise at the rail companies discretion.

Virgin trains. Source: Virgin Press Office
Virgin trains. Source: Virgin Press Office

Many commuters will not welcome this rise as it will hit those travelling into big cities at peak times the hardest. Martin Abrams, of the Campaign for Better Transport said more must be done to achieve a “truly affordable railway” as fares have risen by more than 25% in the last five years.

Paul Plummer, chief executive of RDG has tried to assure passengers that the money generated from the rise will be seen on their services in terms of better networks and experiences on the trains.

“On average 97p in every pound from fares is spent on trains, staff and other running costs. With passenger numbers doubling in the last 20 years, money from fares now almost covers the railway’s day-to-day operating costs.

“As an industry, we are working closer together to deliver better stations, more trains and improved services, and to get more out of every pound we spend.”

Rail fare increases since 2010:

Overall average fares increase

Jan 2010

1.1%

Jan 2011

6.2%

Jan 2012

5.9%

Jan 2013

3.9%

Jan 2014

2.8%

Jan 2015

2.2%

Jan 2016

1.1%

Source: RDG

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