Rail fares to get more expensive

Train fares in Britain will rise by an average of 3.4 per cent next month it has been revealed

It's already been confirmed that these will rise by 3.6% from 2018 in England and Wales, and by 2.6% in Scotland.

This means the cost of a Brighton to London 12-month season ticket going up by £148, a price hike of £140 for an annual ticket for journeys from Gloucester to Birmingham and a rail fare increase of £108 for a year-long Liverpool to Manchester season ticket.

Average ticket prices will go up by 3.4 per cent on 2 January, the industry body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said the Government "carefully monitors" how rail fares and average earnings change and keeps the way fares are increased under review.

One in nine trains (12%) failed to meet its punctuality target in the past year - meaning they arrived more than five minutes late for commuter services or 10 minutes late for long-distance journeys.

In Northern Ireland, fares are set by rail operator Translink. "Private rail companies continue to cash in while passengers have to cough up".

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"Delayed, cancelled and overcrowded trains are what springs to mind when many commuters think of their rail journey, so to ask them to pay a significantly increased fare for a poor service is wrong". Last year, fares rose by a smaller 2.3%.

One in nine trains (12 per cent) failed to meet the rail industry's punctuality target in the past 12 months.

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group which brings together train companies and Network Rail, said: "Government controls increases to nearly half of fares, including season tickets, with the rest heavily influenced by the payments train companies make to government. Working together, our plan will secure 85 billion pounds (114 billion US dollars) of additional economic benefits while enabling further investment and improved journeys for customers, better connections to boost local communities and a bright future for our employees".

"For public sector workers and many others in our communities who have had their pay and benefits capped or frozen by this government, these fare increases are another twist of the economic knife", he said. "We are extending our range of Duo tickets that offer a 25 per cent discount on off-peak for two customers travelling together and adding more routes to our Advance Purchase on the Day offer, with online discounts available up to 15 minutes before travel".

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, said the money from fares would go back into improving the railway.

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