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2016 rail fares published – 1.1 per cent average rise is lowest for six years

With 2016 train ticket prices published today, rail industry leaders have confirmed that fares will rise on average by 1.1 per cent next year, the smallest annual increase for six years.

People can find out the price of new fares and buy tickets online and at ticket offices from today. The 1.1 per cent average increase covers all national rail fares with effect from 2 January 2016.

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group which represents train operators and Network Rail, said:

“We know that nobody likes to pay more to travel by train, especially to get to work, and at 1.1 per cent this is the smallest average increase in fares for six years.

“On average 97p in every pound from fares is spent on trains, staff and other running costs. With passenger numbers doubling in the last 20 years, money from fares now almost covers the railway’s day-to-day operating costs.

"This allows government to focus its funding on building a bigger, better network when the railway is becoming increasingly important at driving economic growth, underpinning jobs, and connecting friends and families.

“As an industry, we are working closer together to deliver better stations, more trains and improved services, and to get more out of every pound we spend.”

More information about rail fares is here.

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Notes to editors

CHANGES TO OVERALL AVERAGE FARES 2010-2016:

 

Overall average fares increase

Jan 2010

1.1%

Jan 2011

6.2%

Jan 2012

5.9%

Jan 2013

3.9%

Jan 2014

2.8%

Jan 2015

2.2%

Jan 2016

1.1%

  • Nearly half (47 per cent) of all passenger revenue in 2013-14 came from discounted tickets, up from 38 per cent in 2005-6, whilst the proportion of passenger journeys on discounted tickets has also increased.
  • There were 1.65billion total rail passenger journeys, more than 4.5million a day, in 2014-2015.
  • The huge increase in passenger numbers has resulted in train companies generating extra revenue for the government, contributing almost six times more money to government to support rail investment – up from £400million to £2.27billion.

 

 

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