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Train fares to increase in 2011

Some passengers will pay up to 10.8% more

Train fares will rise by an average of 6.2% from 2 January 2011, with some regulated tickets (such as season and off-peak fares) increasing by more than 10%.

The Department for Transport’s rules allow rail operators to increase regulated fares by the previous July’s retail price inflation of 4.8% plus a further 1%. Operators are also allowed to put some fares up by even more if others come down – a practice known as ‘flex’. 

If your train fare is rising, take a look at some handy Which? money saving ideas to keep costs down in 2011, including how to get cheap train tickets.

Rail fares hike

Unregulated fares, including advance tickets, are not covered by the rules. The Association of Train Operating Companies has announced that all fares will rise in January by an average of 6.2%.  From 2012, regulated fares will go up by RPI plus 3% each year for three years.

Which? is interested to hear from anyone who will be affected by the rail fare changes, so please contact us at transport@which.co.uk.

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