Rail fares to go up by 2.3%

Train fares will go up on average by 2.3 per cent next year, rail industry leaders have confirmed.

The average overall increase covers all national rail fares with effect from 2 January 2017.

However Bristol train users were unhappy with the increase, particularly after the delays experienced by many travellers last weekend between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa.

The average price paid per journey on a Season ticket has fallen in real terms by 12.8% since 1999-2000. The government uses July’s Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation to regulate any¬†increase in the price of rail fares.

Network Rail laid out how on average 97p in every pound goes back into the railway.

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group,representing train operators and Network Rail, said that fares¬†“helps government to support the biggest investment in our railway since Victorian times.”

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