Railcards to increase in price by up to 25%Most UK railcards to go up in price from 17 May

08 May 2009

A pair of train tickets

Rail fares are on the rise

The price of most railcards will increase on 17 May, some by up to 25%. 

The 16-25, family & friends, senior and network railcards are all going to cost more. Of the most common UK railcards, only the disabled persons railcard remains unchanged.

National increases

16-25 railcards, family & friends and senior railcards will all rise in cost to £26 from £24 - an increase of 8% and the second price rise for them in 18 months. 

And the minimum fare with the 16-25 railcard on peak fares will be £12 instead of the current £8 (for single peak or return off-peak journeys) and £16 (for return peak journeys).  

The network railcard, which reduces off-peak fares in London and the South East by a third, will increase by 25% from £20 to £25. The minimum fare rises from £10 to £13. 

Other fares

The increases follow January's rail fare increases of up to 7%. 

The rail union Transport Salaried Staffs Association reacted angrily to the increases. Its leader Gerry Doherty called them 'outrageous'. 

Research by the rail passengers' watchdog Passenger Focus last year showed that passenger satisfaction levels were falling, with only 40% of passengers thinking their journey was value for money. 

How to get cheaper rail fares

Which? research published in autumn 2008 looked at how easy it was to buy cheaper rail fares. Check out our guide to getting cheap train tickets.

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