Train fares set for huge rise in 2024 – but it’ll be less than a 9 per cent hike
Next year’s rise in English rail fares will be below 9% as the Government announced on Tuesday that any increase will be below the rise in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation for the 12 months to July.
The Department for Transport said any change to fares will be implemented in March next year.
It has not revealed how it will be calculated.
The Government used the UK’s average earnings growth of 5.9% during the quarter to July 2022 to determine this year’s increase in fares.
The figure for July this year will be published on September 12.
Average earnings growth in the three months to June was 7.8%.
About 45% of fares on Britain’s railways are regulated by the Westminster, Scottish and Welsh Governments.
They include season tickets on most commuter journeys, some off-peak return tickets on long-distance journeys and flexible tickets for travel around major cities.
Train operators set rises in unregulated fares, although these are likely to be very close to changes in regulated ticket prices as their decisions are heavily influenced by governments due to contracts introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scottish and Welsh Governments have not announced their rail fares plans for 2024.
Fares in Northern Ireland are set by operator Translink.