Rail commuters face £100 rise in season tickets fares as inflation climbs

UK rail fares are set to rise by 2.8 per cent in January 2020, in line with the July rate of RPI inflation.

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Each January, rail fares are permitted to rise by as much as July’s retail price index (RPI) measure of inflation.

The rise will be lower than January 2019’s increase of 3.1 per cent, however £100 it still means many commuters face paying an extra £100 a year to get to work from the start of 2020.

Sky News reported potential season ticket increases:

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

Since 2009 the overall cost of rail travel has increase by 46 per cent, while wages have only grown by 23 per cent, according to TUC analysis of ONS figures.

Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, said: “The last thing UK commuters need is another hefty fare increase. We’re already paying the highest ticket prices in Europe to travel on overcrowded and understaffed trains.”

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, said “We want to create a railway system that’s fit for the 21st century and provides a reliable, punctual journey. It’s tempting to say fares should never rise, but the truth is that if we stop investing in our railways then we’ll never see it improved.”