Rail Fares Increase: Season Tickets To Rise By 3.2% In 2019

Marco Green
August 15, 2018

The average hike in season ticket and peak fares follows a 3.6 per cent increase at the start of this year, which was the biggest jump since 2013.

The rail fare changes have to be agreed by the body that regulates the fares, the Department for Transport in England, and the Welsh and Scottish governments.

Many Kent commuters using High Speed trains are already paying a premium for season tickets and the fares are among the highest in Europe.

The scale of next year's rise was revealed with the announcement of the retail price index (RPI) measure of inflation - the rate at which prices for goods and services rise - for July.

'What will really stick in the throat of the long-suffering British public is the fact that three quarters of our train services are now controlled by overseas operators with the profits from today's fare rises shipped across the channel to subsidise passengers in Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam.

When will fares go up? The rest are decided by train companies.

How does the Government decide what the increase in regulated fares should be?

Season tickets are now set using the RPI measure of inflation, which is expected to be confirmed at 3.5 per cent on Wednesday. Campaigners have long demanded that fares should be set by the normally lower consumer prices index (CPI) figure.

Who pays for the railways?

The TUC union earlier calculated that rail fares had risen over twice as fast as wages over the past decade.

"The railways need serious reform, not a plea to train companies, but ministers are persisting with a failed model of privatisation that is punishing passengers and taxpayers".

What is the Government's response?

"Rail passengers have endured enough from the failures of the rail network this year, and being asked to pay more again next year will be a bitter pill to swallow".

Is there any way of avoiding the fare rise?

A Virgin Trains season ticket between London and Birmingham will cost £10,902 in 2019, which is up from £10,564 and £8,028 in 2010.

Passengers travelling from Bracknell, Wokingham and other stations are also likely to be affected by the price hike.

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