Rail fares could rise by 5.6%

Some rail fares could rise by as much as 5.6 per cent in January - that is twice the rate of inflation and around £300 a year more for many of the regions commuters.

Government policy is to hike fares by the latest rate of inflation - published later today - and 1% on top. Rail companies can then add another 2% to some tickets.

Ministers are being urged to cut the rise and campaigners will be protesting at stations.

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Passengers 'paying fair fares for comfortable commuting'

Rail Minister Claire Perry said she sympathises with passengers who have had to contend with "inflation-busting fare rises almost every year over the last decade" but insisted the Government was committed to "fair fares".

What we have got to do is make sure rail passengers, who could be forgiven for thinking 'What on earth am I getting for these rises I've seen over the last decade?', start to realise that they are paying fair fares for comfortable commuting.

– Claire Perry, rail minister
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Train tickets could be '5.6% more expensive next year'

The Retail Prices Index figure for July, released today, will determine by how much fares will rise in 2015 Credit: PA

The cost of some train tickets could be almost 6% higher next year.

Rail commuters will be paying close attention to the announcement of last month's Retail Prices Index (RPI) figure today, as it will be used to calculate increases to next year's regulated fares, including season tickets.

Ticket price rises are capped at 1% plus the July RPI figure, expected to be around 2.6%.

Train companies can add another 2% to some fares, as long as the overall average remains as per the formula.

Campaigners say ticket prices are rising four times faster than the average wage and that the measurement used to calculate fare increases has been discredited.

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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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Rail travel 'out of the reach of ordinary people'

Rail travel is being pushed "out the reach of some ordinary people" by fare increases, the head of a public transport advocacy group said.

Stephen Joseph, executive director of the Campaign for Better Transport, told Good Morning Britain that Government-dictated ticket price hikes mean rail fares are rising four times faster than wages.

Commuters will find out how much rail fares are likely to rise by next year when the Retail Price Index (RPI) for last month is released today.

The annual increase is capped at July's RPI plus 1%, with an extra 2% added to some tickets.

Rail fares rise: Reaction from Passenger Focus

Responding to news that inflation as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) in July 2014 was 2.5 per cent, David Sidebottom, Passenger Focus director, said:

“Many passengers will be concerned about today’s news giving the latest inflation figures which determine regulated train fares from January next year.

"If this follows some previous years of RPI +1 per cent1, this could mean, on average, that fares will increase by 3.5 per cent next January.

"We know from our own research that value for money is a key priority for rail passengers.

"Our most recent National Rail Passenger Survey put passenger satisfaction on value for money amongst commuters as low as 31 per cent.

"This level of fare increase puts more pressure on the railways to ensure passengers get an excellent service for the money they are paying.”

“We hope the government will step in again as it did last year, to ensure that train fares in England do not rise above the rate of inflation announced tod

Rail fares set to rise in January

Rail fares could rise by up to 5.5 % in January.

RPI, just announced, is 2.5% and the Government could impose an extra one per cent to pay for investment in the network.

Train companies are then allowed to put some fares up by up to two per cent on top.

That could means rises of up to 5.5%.

In real terms that could mean passengers paying £200 to £400 a year more.

The Government say a final decision will be taken later in the year.

Campaigners say fares are up 20% in four years while average wage rises have been 7% and it is time to halt the hearty increases.

People are being "increasingly squeezed" by rail fare hikes say TUC

Commuters will find out how much their season ticket will be next year Credit: ITV News

Rail passengers will today learn just how much their season tickets will rise in January next year.

The new-year rise, determined by today's RPI inflation figure, will take the overall increase in fares to around 24.7% during this Parliament, according to the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).

The current annual price-rise formula is for regulated fares, which include season tickets, to rise by the rate of RPI plus 1%, which could see average fares going up around 3.6% if RPI remains at its June 2014 level of 2.6%. Train companies also have a "flex" rule which allows them to raise some regulated fares by 2% above the average as long the overall average remains at the RPI plus 1% level. This means some fares could go by around 5.6% in the new year.

The TUC says people are being "increasingly squeezed" by the fare hikes.

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