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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Government: Some commuters could save £200 a year

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says the planned cap on rail fare increases - which the Government says could have been as much as 9.2% -could save some commuters hundreds of pounds a year.

Today is just the start of a Government-wide programme to help hardworking people and reduce the cost of living. The Government will be announcing a range of initiatives to help put money back in people's pockets over the next few weeks.

By capping fares we are protecting passengers from large rises at a time when family incomes are already being squeezed. We will need to wait for the rail industry to calculate individual ticket prices for next year, but this cap could save some commuters as much as £200 a year.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Rail fare increases to be capped in January 2014

Hard-pressed rail commuters facing inflation-busting season ticket fare increases in the new year are to be given some respite.

The Government has announced it is to cap the increases of regulated fares planned for January 2014.

The Government has announced a cap on rail fare increases. Credit: Press Association

It says the ability of train operators to add an additional five percent to some individual fares, as long as the average rise of regulated fares is maintained at one percent above RPI inflation, is being limited to just two percent.

This means that in January 2014, no regulated fare - which includes season tickets - can go up by more than 6.2%, with the average, as already announced, being limited to 4.2%.


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