Train fares set for double-digit percentage increases in new year


Train fares will be subject to whopping, above-inflation price rises next month, it has been announced.

The average increase will be 3.9 per cent – almost double current inflation rates – but there is wild fluctuation in prices with some passengers being walloped with double-digit rises.

Passengers who buy so-called unregulated tickets – usually for off-peak journeys – will feel the most pain. For example, a super off-peak ticket from Birmingham to London on Chiltern Railways will go up ten per cent from £25 to £27.50 while an ‘anytime’ return from Bromley to London Victoria will go up 8.3 per cent from £9.60 to £10.40.

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA rail union, said: ‘They are hitting those who can least afford it the hardest – the old, the young and families who travel off-peak.’

Rail operators are obliged to keep rises in regulated fares – covering half of all…

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