Rail fare increases to be limited

Rail fare increases are to be capped next year. Regulated fares in England could have gone up by 9.1% in January but they will now be a maximum of 6.1%. But Labour says it is "cold comfort" for commuters.

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Your views: Regulated rail fares cap in England

Regulated rail fares in England are to be capped next year, the Government has announced. They will now be increased by a maximum of 6.1%.

Here is a selection of views from ITV News' Facebook followers on the changes:

Absolutely disgusting either way fares are increasing in % a lot more than wages are !

– Chris Wainwright

That's only regulated fares. That still means they'll be able to increase some fares by more than 6.1%. Given my experiences on trains this year, I would say a fare decrease should be considered because service has been terrible!

– Robert Bland

With fares as expensive as they are, "capping" fare rises at a still very high 6.1% still does not seem particularly great news, particularly as the efficiency and quality of the train services provided does not go up proportionally, with passengers entitled to expect that they did.

No-one ever seems to throw any money at stopping the endless round of signal failures and broken-down trains across the networks - why isn't all this money going on that, at least?!

– Karen Stambrovskis

Passenger group: 'Gaping hole' remains in fare policy

Rail fare increases will now be a maximum of 6.1% next year.

Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport has said "there's still a gaping hole at the centre of the Government's fares policy" despite next year's rise cap.

"Whilst trials for things like part-time season tickets are very welcome, the biggest issue has always been annual above-inflation fare increases and there is no change of policy on this.

"This is bitter news for everyone who relies on the train to get to work, not least the large number of commuters in marginal constituencies who will be a key group at the next election."

Train operators will 'welcome' rail fare changes

Train companies and passengers will welcome the planned reduction in 'flex'.

Although the level of flex has always been a matter of government policy, the reduction being proposed is in line with that suggested by train companies and should help to encourage greater rail use.

The package of measures, which train companies have worked with the Government to draw up, should make it quicker and easier than ever for people to get the best-value ticket for their rail journey. Operators look forward to working with the Government to introduce the changes.

– David Mapp, commercial director at the Association of Train Operating Companies

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RMT: 'Nobody will be fooled by this political stunt'

General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union Bob Crow. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Bob Crow, leader of the RMT transport union, has said that the announcement that rail fare increases are to be capped next year is a "total con".

Regulated fares in England could have gone up by 9.1% in January but they will now be a maximum of 6.1%.

"This is a total con that will still leave the vast majority paying inflation-busting fares to pump up the profits of the private train operators.

"For a few it will feel like having your wallet nicked with the mugger then handing you a few bob back to buy a pint. Nobody will be fooled by this political stunt.

Read: How the increase in rail fares will be restricted

How the increase in rail fares will be restricted

  • The average rise of regulated fares in maintained at 1% above RPI inflation
  • The new year rise is based on the July 2013 RPI inflation rate, which was 3.2%
  • The Government announced that the ability of train operators to add an additional 5% to some individual fares is to be limited to just 2%
  • In January 2014, no regulated fare - which includes season tickets - can go up by no more than 6.2%

Labour: Rail fare cap is 'cold comfort' for commuters

Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh says the Government's rail fare increase cap is "too little too late".

Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh. Credit: Press Association

"Over the last three years David Cameron has failed to stand up for working people, allowing train companies to hit passengers with inflation-busting fare rises of up to nine per cent," she said.

"Far from addressing his failure, this is cold comfort for commuters - it has taken 18 months, delivers fare increases of up to six per cent and is too little too late.

"This announcement doesn't go as far as Labour's plans which would prevent train companies from increasing fares beyond one per cent above inflation."

Rail customer watchdog welcomes fare increase cap

Anthony Smith, chief executive of rail customer watchdog Passenger Focus, has welcomed the cap on rail fare increases.

Rail customer watchdog Passenger Focus has welcomed the fare increase cap. Credit: Press Association

He said: "Passengers will be pleased to hear that the amount train companies can raise individual regulated fares by has been limited.

"We have been calling for this to happen for years - it is a step towards a fairer system. This will allow passengers to plan with a bit more certainty and have confidence that actual regulated fare rises will bear more relation to the figures set by government."

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