Rail fare rises: How much will YOUR rail fare go up by? Rail fares to rise in January 2020

RAIL FARES are to increase from January 2020, but how much will your rail fare go up by?

Regulated train fares will increase from January 2020, in line with the July rare of RPI inflation. The figure is used to set regulated rail fares, which includes season tickets in the southeast. But how much will rail fares increase by?

The percentage increase is 2.8, as per the July Retail Prices Index (RPI).

The increase in prices has seen backlash from many, with repeated calls for the fare increases to be linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which usually is significantly lower than RPI.

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Passengers already pay thousands of pounds to endure overcrowding, delays and cancellations.

“It’s time to stop the rhetoric on fare increases.

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Rail fare rises: Regulated tickets will increase by 2.8 percent in January 2020 (Image: GETTY)

“The Government should commit to January’s fares rise being linked to CPI and a comprehensive package of rail fare reforms should follow after the Rail Review is complete.”

However, Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris argued: "It's tempting to suggest fares should never rise.

“However, the truth is that if we stop investing in our railway, then we will never see it improved."

For example, a Cardiff-London off-peak return currently costs £81.30, and from January 2020 will increase by £2.30.

Passengers travelling between Bristol and Newcastle pay £162.95 for a return and this will rise to £167.70 – nearly £5 more. 

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Rail fare rises: There are repeated calls for CPI to be used instead of RPI (Image: GETTY)

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

Andy McDonald, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, told The Daily Telegraph: “Every year, commuters are being asked to pay more money for bad train services.

“The government has sat back and allowed private train companies to cash in while people’s pay has been held back. Fare rises undermine urgent action to tackle the climate emergency by pricing people off the railway.”

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Rail fare rises: Customers are calling on services to improve (Image: GETTY)

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he was "not delighted" about increasing rail fares.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme earlier on Wednesday: "I'm not delighted by it, to be perfectly honest, as a train commuter.

"The truth is we do now have a situation where average wages are going up faster than inflation, so if you don't keep this tracking with inflation you are actually effectively putting less money into transport and less money into trains and you won't get them running on time doing that either."

Research by passenger watchdog Transport Focus shows that fewer than a third (30 percent) of rail commuters are satisfied with the value for money of their ticket.

The organisation's director, David Sidebottom, said:" Transport Focus believes it's time for a fairer, clearer fares formula based on calculations that use the Consumer Prices Index, rather than the discredited Retail Price Index.

"After recent disruption and a lot of misery over last winter, rail operators still have a great deal to improve."