Rail fares in the UK are set to increase by almost 3% next year.
The increase is linked to July’s rate of Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation, which was announced by the Office for National Statistics as 2.8%.
The figure is likely to lead to an increase of more than £100 in the annual cost of getting to work for many commuters.
Examples of potential season ticket increases include:
- Brighton to London: Increase of £125 to £4,581
- Gloucester to Birmingham: Increase of £119 to £4,357
- Barrow-in-Furness to Preston: Increase of £117 to £4,285
- Edinburgh to Glasgow: Increase of £114 to £4,198
The news has been criticized by rail campaign groups who warn that commuters will “refuse to pay” if season ticket prices continue to be hiked.