Commuters across the country will have to pay an average 3.1% more for their rail tickets from Wednesday.

According to the Office of Rail and Road Data, it is the largest increase since January 2013.

The increase will affect around 40% of fares, including season tickets, some off-peak return tickets on long-distance journeys and flexible tickets for use in major cities.

  • Click the graphic below to find out how much you will be paying for your annual season ticket

According to National Rail Enquiries, an annual season ticket from Brighton to London will now increase by £136.

When applying the percentage increase to an annual season ticket from Bournemouth to London Terminals, the price could increase by more than £200.

Fewer than half (45%) of passengers are satisfied with the value for money of train tickets, according to a survey by watchdog Transport Focus.


New price for an annual ticket from Swindon to London (was £8,740)

Many passengers, still reeling from summer timetable chaos and frustrated by ‘autumn’ disruption, won’t believe fares are going up again. Until day-to-day reliability returns – with fewer significant delays and cancellations – passenger trust won’t begin to recover."

Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus
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Here are the average increases for each train operating company in the Meridian region:

  • Chiltern Railways: 2.8%

  • CrossCountry: 3.2%

  • Govia Thameslink Railway (Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink): 3%

  • Great Western Railway: 2.9%

  • Heathrow Express: 0%

  • South Western Railway: 2.9%

  • Southeastern: 3.1%

  • TfL Rail: Most single fares are frozen but Travelcards and price caps have been increased by an average of 3.2%

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For the sixth year running, the Government has frozen regulated fares in line with inflation. Fares are set by operators but capped by the Government. Since 2014 fares have, on average, remained below the annual inflation cap. Any fare increase is unwelcome, but it is not fair to ask people who do not use trains to pay more for those who do. Taxpayers already subsidise the network by more than £4 billion a year - meaning that 54% of our transport budget is spent on the 2% of journeys that the railway accounts for."

Department for Transport