Divide in English-Scottish rail fare increases defended

The Department of Transport has defended the fact that English rail passengers will face a sharper rise in average regulated fares than people boarding Scottish trains.

The railways in Scotland are heavily subsidised by the taxpayer. If these levels of subsidy were replicated on railways in England, the cost would be hundreds of pounds a year for every household in England, whether or not they used the train.

– Department for Transport spokesman

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Rail fares to rise by 4.1%

Regulated train fares are set to rise by an average 4.1% from January after the headline rate of retail price index nflation fell to 3.1% in July from 3.3% in June. Labour has pledged to cap fare rises if it gets into power.