Rail fares set to rise by just under 6%Some ticket prices could increase by 11%

01 January 2012

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Train fares will rise today by an average of 5.9%. But the annual fares increase could see some ticket prices increase by as much as 11%.

Two types of price rise

Train tickets are split into two types - regulated and unregulated.

Regulated tickets are priced by the government and are increasing by an average of 5% this year on the basis of inflation (RPI) plus 1%.

Regulated tickets - season tickets for commuters and many off-peak tickets - are then grouped together in baskets. 

Particular ticket prices within these baskets can 'flex' by up to 5% which means some tickets could rise by 6% plus 5% - 11% in total. Other regulated ticket prices will change to mean the average rise is 6%.

Unregulated tickets

Train companies are also free to alter the prices of unregulated tickets such as Advance fares by as much or as little as they think people will pay.

The average rise for all types of ticket is 5.9%.

For details on individual fare increases check with National Rail or a specific rail company. 

National Rail has a season ticket calculator, which shows the impact on season tickets. 

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Train company price rises

Some companies have given average price increases for their tickets:

  • c2c - 6%
  • East Midlands Trains - 5.7%
  • First Capital Connect - 5.7%
  • London Midland - 4.2%
  • National Express East Anglia - 5.8%
  • ScotRail - 6%
  • Southeastern - 6%
  • Southern - 5.9%
  • South West Trains - 5.8%

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