Rail passengers to be hit by 3.5% average fare rise next year

Rail passengers will see the average price of their tickets increase by 3.5% from January, according to figures out today.

The current formula also allows rail companies to increase some fares by an extra 2%, meaning that some tickets could increase by 5.5%.

Fares can be increased in January by 1% plus July's Retail Prices Index inflation figure.

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Rail fare rise a 'kick in the teeth' for passengers

The RMT union, which campaigns for the railways to return to public ownership, has said that next year's fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers.

With the “flex” rule passengers are facing fare increases of up to 5.5% at a time when wages are stagnating. People will simply be priced off the railways while the greedy train operating companies are laughing all the way to the bank. This is a kick in the teeth for the millions of British people who use our trains ... With Northern Rail already axing off-peak tickets, with others set to follow, we are once again ratcheting up the highest rail fares in Europe to travel on some of the most clapped-out and overcrowded services ...

– Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary

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