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

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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.