Rail fares set to rise again by up to 2.8%

Rail users in the UK will be hit by a further rise in ticket prices which will come into effect in 2020. The increase will be based on the Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation measure for July of 2.8%. The figure is likely to lead to an increase of more than £100 in the annual cost of getting to work for many commuters. Passenger groups urged a change in the way ticket prices are calculated, as RPI is no longer a national statistic.

The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has repeatedly said that CPI, the most widely watched and used measure of inflation, should be used instead of RPI. Last month this was 2% and it is typically lower than the RPI rate of inflation. CBT chief executive Darren Shirley said the expected ticket price rises were “exorbitant. The government should commit now to January’s fares rise being linked to CPI.”

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “It’s tempting to suggest fares should never rise. However, the truth is that if we stop investing in our railway, then we will never see it improved.”