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Rail fares to rise by 1%

Rail fares will rise by an average of 1% from January Photo: PA

Rail passengers will face an average ticket price rise of 1% from January.

It will be the lowest rise since 2010, when fares actually decreased by 0.4%.

The new-year rises are based on July's rate of Retail Price Index inflation announced by the Office for National Statistics.

Fares are set to increase again, but passengers will be relieved to see that fare rises in England are being capped at inflation.

They will be pleased to see that there is no flexibility for individual fares to go up by more than this. Both of these are things we have pushed for.

While fares are going up, for many people punctuality is going down.

– David Sidebottom, director of transport user watchdog Transport Focus
Rail fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the past five years Credit: PA wire

Rail fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the past five years, leaving commuters "seriously out of pocket", according to a new report.

A study by the Action for Rail campaign showed that season tickets and other regulated fares had increased by 25% since 2010, while average pay went up by just 9%.

We have the most expensive rail fares in Europe and they have risen by over 200% on the most popular routes since privatisation 20 years ago.

We should follow the European example and run a publicly owned railway for the benefit of the travelling public, not the private rail firms.

– Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary