The Rail Delivery Group has said that UK rail fares will rise by 3.1% in January. This could amount to hundreds of pounds being added to commuters’ annual travel and follows from a fare rise at the beginning of this year.
Regular rail passengers have demanded a freeze after widespread disruption over this year after new timetable introductions. According to reports, Britain’s rail fares have grown faster than wages.
While regulated fares, which include season tickets, off peak returns and anytime fares are set to rise by the level of RPI inflation, the rest, including advance and peak long distance tickets can be increased at the train companies’ discretion. This will mean a rise in fares across the country.
Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, has said that tube and bus fares in the capital will not rise for another year, but price caps and travel cards will go up by 3.1%