Ticket prices for all train journeys in 2018 have been published today, showing UK rail fares will rise by 3.4% – the largest increase for five years.
The Government uses the previous July’s Retail Prices Index measure of inflation to determine increases in regulated fares, which was 3.6%.
Around half of all tickets will be affected by the increase, which include season tickets on most commuter routes and some off-peak return tickets on long-distance journeys.
Train operating companies set the prices of other tickets but are bound by competition rules. The Rail Delivery Group admitted it was a “significant” rise, but said that more than 97% of fare income went back into improving and running the railway.
January 2013 – 3.9 per cent
January 2014 – 2.8 per cent
January 2015 – 2.2 per cent
January 2016 – 1.1 per cent
January 2017 – 2.3 per cent
January 2018 – 3.4 per cent
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