Train season tickets to rise by up to £100

Rail fares could go up by 3.5

It means the average cost of regulated rail fares - which are controlled by the government - will increase by no more than 3.2% in January.

Rail fares will go up in January 2019.

This covers about 40 per cent of tickets, including off-peak returns on longer journeys, season tickets and anytime fares.

The Department of Transport uses the July Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation to set the cap on the annual rise in regulated train fares.

The rail fare increase now means that a season ticket from London to Birmingham will be nearly £3,000 more expensive than in 2010.

A Campaign for Better Transport spokesman said: "Given the mess surrounding the new timetable, the lack of improvements and the failure to deliver compensation, the Government can not go on telling passengers that fare increases are justified".

McDonald added: "Chris Grayling made no similar request for the bosses of train companies to take a pay cut or for shareholders to refuse dividends".

Its chief executive Anthony Smith argued it was time for a fairer, clearer fares formula based on and agreed with the switch to CPI.

How does the Government decide what the increase in regulated fares should be?

The current price for a season ticket to and from Bathgate is £1,636, this is set to increase by £52 a year to £1,688.

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He has asked train operators and unions to use a different inflation measure, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), to determine rail fare and wage increases.

Who pays for the railways?

"The railways need serious reform, not a plea to train companies, but ministers are persisting with a failed model of privatisation that is punishing passengers and taxpayers".

Where does the money go?

Today it was confirmed that train fares are being increased by 3.2% next year.

What is the Government's response?

Is there any way of avoiding the fare rise?

The cost of a Brighton-to-London season ticket will rise to £4,332 under RPI; if CPI had been...

"ScotRail's Price Promise Scheme also ensures passengers have access to information on best-value fares, and refunds are issued where a cheaper alternative can be found".

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