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%.

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Rail passengers could face price rises above 5% in new year

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.