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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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.