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Cash-strapped commuters to face new rail prices

The new fare prices will come into play from January 2.
The new fare prices will come into play from January 2. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Cash-strapped commuters will find out today just how much more they will have to fork out for their rail season tickets in the new year, with some travellers facing possible 5.1 per cent rises.

Recent government announcements have meant the annual rise in regulated fares, which include season tickets, will not be so severe for 2014.

But the new price-rise formula, which will kick in on January 2, still allows for average regulated fare increases of 3.1 per cent, with the rise linked to the RPI inflation figure rather than the usually-lower CPI inflation used for Government benefits.

And train companies can use a 2.0 per cent "flex" regulation which lets them put some regulated fares up by 5.1 per cent as long as their overall average does not exceed 3.1 per cent.

The increase for any January is calculated from the RPI rate of inflation figure for the previous July. In July this year the RPI figure was 3.1 per cent.

Read: Railways 'should be nationalised' as fare rises expected

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Greater Anglia running limited service due to weather

Greater Anglia is warning of disruptions to train services as a result of the severe weather:

  • Trains will run at reduced speeds from 6pm on Monday
  • Limited services on Monday, especially during evening rush hour
  • No services until 10am at the earliest on Tuesday
  • Passengers advised to avoid travelling between these times and to check their line is open before leaving

Read full details on the Greater Anglia website

DfT: Fare will not rise by more than inflation rate

Regulated fares will not rise on average by more than the rate of inflation, the Department of Transport has said, as passengers await potential rail fare rises. A spokeswoman for the department added:

The Government understands concerns rail passengers have about the costs of fares and the impact they have on household budgets.

That is why next year, for the first time in a decade, regulated fares will not rise on average by more than the rate of inflation, offering relief for families and the hardworking people.

Railways 'should be nationalised' as fare rises expected

Next year is set to be another year of racketeering and greed on Britain's privatised railways, the general secretary of transport union the RMT has said, as passengers await a potential 5% rise in rail fares.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Bob Crow said: "Passengers will continue to pay the highest fares in Europe to travel on creaking, overcrowded trains where even raw sewage is dumped on the tracks because the private operators will not stump up for tanks and the staff to empty them.

"The only solution, and one that's opposed by all our main political parties, is total renationalisation and the return of our railways to the ethos of public service under complete public control."

'Higher RPI rate' used to calculate rail fare increases

The chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport has said that he is "disappointed" that the price of season rail fare ticket may see more than a 5% increase

Campaign for Better Transport chief executive Stephen Joseph said:

We're very disappointed that the higher RPI figure is still being used when it comes to passengers having to find money for their annual increase.

Yet when it comes to pensions and other benefits, the lower CPI inflation figure is used.

Read: Passengers await potential 5% rise in rail fares

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Passengers await potential 5% rise in rail fares

Some train passengers could face season ticket fare rises of more than 5% under new year increases expected to be announced tomorrow.

Recent Government announcements have meant the annual rise in regulated fares, including season tickets, will not be so severe for 2014.

Some train passengers could face season ticket fare rises of more than 5% . Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

But the new price-rise formula, which will kick in on January 2, still allows for average regulated fare increases of 3.1%. And train companies can use a 2.0% "flex" regulation which lets them put some regulated fares up by 5.1% as long as their overall average does not exceed 3.1%.

The increase for any January is calculated from the RPI rate of inflation figure for the previous July. In July this year the RPI figure was 3.1%.

Trains may be cancelled or delayed on 27 rail networks

With many people expected to travel to share Christmas with family and friends, National Rail Enquires said that very strong winds and heavy rain are forecast throughout England, Wales and Scotland on Monday December 23.

"This may mean that some trains are delayed or cancelled, and some train operators may run an amended timetable," it said in a statement

Trains may be cancelled Credit: Peter Jordan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The train operation companies that could be hit include:

Arriva Trains Wales; c2c; Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry; East Coast; East Midlands Trains; First Capital Connect; First Great Western; First Hull Trains; First TransPennine Express; Gatwick Express; Grand Central; Greater Anglia; Heathrow Connect; Heathrow Express; Island Line; London Midland;

London Overground; Merseyrail; Northern Rail; ScotRail; South West Trains; Southeastern; Southern; Stansted Express; Virgin Trains.

For the latest update check the National Rail service alteration page.

Read: Unsettled weather to continue in the run up to Christmas

London Euston train services 'should resume shortly'

Virgin Trains has tweeted that train services to and from London Euston "should resume shortly" after the station was evacuated:

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INFO: Staff are now being allowed back in to London Euston after a small fire has now been extinguished. Services should resume shortly.

National Rail enquiries says there are delays of half an hour:

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#Euston station is reopening, residual delays of up 30 minutes are expected.

All trains suspended in and out of London Euston

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NEW: London Euston has been evacuated due to an incident. I will provide further information as soon as I have it

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INFO: All trains are suspended in and out of London Euston until further notice.

Update: London Euston train services 'should resume shortly'

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