Rail fares are set to rise by almost 3% in January 2020, it has been confirmed.
The increase has been set by the July RPI inflation figure that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published.
What awaits passengers in January is a continuation of a trend of rises in rail fares, this despite a decade where prices have increased at double the rate of wages.
Some season tickets will go up by more than £100 a year and this puts strain on passengers.
According to figures from the Trade Union Congress (TUC), train travel costs have increased by 46% since 2009; during that time, wages have increased by 23%.
Even taking into account the increases in tax free allowance over the past few years, this doesn’t cover the costs, meaning the pockets of commuters are being hit.
In the January just gone, rail fares increased by 3.1%, so in the space of two years, it will mean that prices for travelling on the rail network will have risen by almost 6%.
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), in response to July’s RPI figure, defended the rise.
Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions, said: “No one wants to pay more to get to work but by holding rises down to no more than inflation, money from rail fares will continue to cover almost all of the day-to-day costs of running rail services.
“This means private sector and taxpayer money can go towards improving services for the long term.
“Rail users across the country are already seeing and feeling the benefits of this investment with new trains and more services running across the country.
“People want simpler, better value fares and we want to work with government to deliver our proposals for reforming today’s outdated system to make fares easier for all.”
However, TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “The last thing UK commuters need is another hefty fare increase. We’re already paying the highest ticket prices in Europe to travel on overcrowded and understaffed trains.”