Rail fares to go up by 3.4% from the New Year

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.


Rail increase since 2013

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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