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Rail fares: Where does the money go?

Train companies retain an average of just 3p from every pound paid for rail tickets, with the vast majority of revenue going on maintenance, staff costs and investment in the rail network, according to figures released by the industry association the Rail Delivery Group:

On average, train companies make a 3p profit in every pound on rail tickets sold. Credit: railfares2014.com/RDG

Rail fares go up with rate of inflation

28 new vending machines are being introduced across Wales to make it easier to buy tickets Credit: PA

Rail fares are to go up by an average of 3.1% today. Despite the increase, it's the smallest rise in four years.

This means ticket prices such as an open return from Newport to Swansea, will go up from £16.00 to £16.50.

Last week, the Welsh Transport Minister announced season ticket prices will be held below the rate of inflation in an attempt to encourage the use of public transport.

A discounted multi-ticket system to enable more flexible travel at a lower price, which will benefit part- time workers will also be introduced.

But Welsh charity Sustrans Cymru say they are concerned that many people will be affected by the increase as salaries have not gone up.

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Trains may be cancelled or delayed on 27 rail networks

With many people expected to travel to share Christmas with family and friends, National Rail Enquires said that very strong winds and heavy rain are forecast throughout England, Wales and Scotland on Monday December 23.

"This may mean that some trains are delayed or cancelled, and some train operators may run an amended timetable," it said in a statement

Trains may be cancelled Credit: Peter Jordan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The train operation companies that could be hit include:

Arriva Trains Wales; c2c; Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry; East Coast; East Midlands Trains; First Capital Connect; First Great Western; First Hull Trains; First TransPennine Express; Gatwick Express; Grand Central; Greater Anglia; Heathrow Connect; Heathrow Express; Island Line; London Midland;

London Overground; Merseyrail; Northern Rail; ScotRail; South West Trains; Southeastern; Southern; Stansted Express; Virgin Trains.

For the latest update check the National Rail service alteration page.

Wales' rail service is 'lagging behind', says report

Commuters who travel by train in Wales are putting up with a service that's lagging behind the rest of the UK.

That's the verdict of a report by Campaign for Better Transport. They say there are problems with access and low satisfaction with the services on offer.

The report argues a more joined up approach is needed along with the devolution of more responsibilities to the Welsh Government.

Our Political Reporter Owain Philips has the story.

Train companies welcome station improvements

Network Rail and Arrive Trains Wales will invest over £1m to the programme and hope it will encourage more people to use train services.

Mike Bagshaw, Commercial Director of Arriva Trains Wales said:

"We are very excited about these improvements and are pleased to be involved in programmes that support a safe, accessible and sustainable transport network across Wales.

"Our investment in this series of projects will build on the £30 million Arriva Trains Wales has invested over the last 10 years to improve stations, staff facilities and training, service availability and ticket purchase opportunities."

Mark Langman, Route Managing Director of Network Rail said:

"The aim of the scheme is to revitalise the station environments by making noticeable and lasting improvements for the benefit of passengers.

"Stations are the shop window for the railway and we hope this improvement programme will encourage even more people on to the trains at a time when we are seeing record passenger numbers."

Investment will help create 'affordable rail system'

Speaking at Port Talbot Parkway station this morning, where work will begin next week, Transport Minister Edwina Hart told ITV News today's investment will help improve passenger experience and encourage the use of public transport.

I am very pleased to see work start on this programme of improvements which will transform five stations across Wales. Using European funds, this programme will help meet our objectives of delivering a modern, accessible and affordable rail system for Wales.

Trains are a vital service for many people to access jobs and services. We want to make our rail stations accessible to all and ensure a pleasant experience for passengers. Provision of extra park and ride spaces is an important part of our strategy to reduce reliance on the car for people to get to work or go shopping.

– Edwina Hart AM, Transport Minister
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