How much will your annual rail fare be next year? Rail firms reveal full extent of huge increases faced by commuters

How much will your annual rail fare be next year Rail firms reveal full extent of huge increases faced by commuters
From New Year onwards passengers will face fare rises of up to 10 per centHike on average will be 3.9 per cent according to figures released todayRail companies accused of trying to 'bury bad news' as they sneaked out the details of fare rises under cover of Virgin franchise fiasco

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02:06 GMT, 7 December 2012

Rail firms were accused last night of trying to ‘bury bad news’ by releasing details of big fare rises under cover of the Virgin franchise fiasco.

The Association of Train Operating Companies has finally confirmed the extent of the hikes that will take effect next month. Some are as high as 10 per cent.

It sought to spin the figures by insisting the average increase from January 2 would be 3.9 per cent.
But Anthony Smith, of the watchdog Passenger Focus, said: ‘Passengers going to buy their ticket on a cold January morning won’t be paying an “average fare” – they will be paying a fare that may have gone up by more than that.

Hike: Figures released today show the average increase to rail fares on January 2 will be 3.9 per cent

Hike: Figures released today show the average increase to rail fares on January 2 will be 3.9 per cent

‘Hard-pressed passengers … will feel the pinch.’

He said an off-peak return between
London and Plymouth on First Great Western will rise 8.3 per cent to
111.50 while Birmingham-London on Chiltern will go up 10 per cent to
27.50.

The Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) said the average increase on January 2 would be 3.9 per cent.

But the Atoc was accused of trying to downplay the figures, after it was said many passengers would face much higher price hikes.

And rail companies were accused of trying to 'bury bad news' as they sneaked out the details of the fare rises under the cover of the Virgin franchise fiasco.

Passenger Focus said an off-peak return from London-Plymouth on First Great Western will rise from 103 to 111.50 (up 8.3 per cent) while from Birmingham-London on Chiltern will go up from 25 to 27.50 (up 10 per cent).

SEASON TICKET PERCENTAGE RISE

Prices will take effect from January 2 2013.

Ramsgate-London 4,940 6.46%

Dover Priory-London 4,940 6.46%

Folkestone-London 4,888 5.98%

Canterbury-London 4,860 5.9%

Tonbridge-London 3,796 5.2%

Guildford-London 3,224 4.3%

Portsmouth-London 4,668 4.2%

Bournemouth-London 5,988 4.2%

Reading-London 3,960 4.2%

Oxford-London 4,532 4.2%

Hove-London (Victoria) 3,860 4.1%

Eastbourne-London (Victoria) 4,228 4.1%

Aylesbury-London 3,632 3.2%

Colchester-London 4,556 4.1%

Shenfield-London 2,704 minus 0.6%

Huntingdon-London 4,700 4.2%

Cambridge-London 4,400 3.8%

Morpeth-Newcastle 1,008 5.0%


Peterborough-London 6,888 4.2%


North Berwick-Edinburgh 1,604 3.9%

Ellesmere Port-Chester 720 2.3%

Tain-Inverness 1,204 3.8%

Stirling-Glasgow 1,916 3.9%

Llanelli-Swansea 624 5.4%

Bangor-Llandudno 1,140 5.2%

Ludlow-Hereford 1,992 5.3

An Anytime return from London to Norwich on Greater Anglia will go up from 98.60 to 107.70 – up 9.2 per cent.

Mr Smith said: 'It’s disappointing
that the restraint shown on season ticket prices has not been extended
to all Off-peak and Anytime fares.

In the current economic climate,
already hard-pressed passengers who face these rises will feel the
pinch.’

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of
the TSSA union, said: ‘Not only do Atoc try to bury bad news by
announcing fare increases on the same day as the West Coast franchise
fiasco report, they then try to hide the massive hike in unregulated
off-peak fares – three times more than inflation.’

Mr Cortez added: ‘These increases are
normally announced in November but have been deliberately held back to
avoid another own-goal for the private industry which relies on 4
billion of taxpayer subsidies every year.’

Passenger Focus said that although
the government announced that it would limit the rise in regulated fares in
England to the inflation figure plus one per cent – rather than the 3
per cent that was previously proposed – train companies still have
flexibility to increase some fares beyond that.

The level of increase on non-regulated fares, which include some off-peak trips, is entirely at the discretion of operators.

This means some of these fares are likely to far exceed the 3.9 per cent average rise.

Atoc chief executive Michael Roberts
said: ‘Fare rises are determined largely by Government policy, and the
Chancellor confirmed the Government's approach for next year in the
Autumn Statement.

'We know nobody likes paying more for
their journey, especially to go to work. But railway funding can only
come from the taxpayer or from the passenger, and the government's
policy remains that a bigger share must come from people who use the
train.’

Rail Minister Norman Baker said: 'We
are engaged in the biggest rail investment programme since the 19th
century and it is only right that the passenger, as well as the
taxpayer, contributes towards that.’

Passengers from the Kent stations of
Deal, Dover Priory and Ramsgate will see their season tickets rise 6.46%
to 4,940 on January 2.

Other above-average rises include
Folkestone-London (up 5.98 per cent to 4,888), Canterbury-London (up
5.9 per cent to 4,860) and Tonbridge-London (up 5.2 per cent) to
3,796).

All season tickets are classed as regulated fares where a 4.2 per cent average rise cap exists for January 2013.

Hard-pressed passengers are likely to feel the squeeze as some routes are set to increase in price by as much as 10 per cent

Hard-pressed passengers are likely to feel the squeeze as some routes are set to increase in price by as much as 10 per cent

Some season tickets are not rising as
much as 4.2 per cent, while others are on, or very close, to the
average. Others are higher.

The cost of a season ticket from
Shenfield in Essex to London, for example, actually dips in price, from
2,720 to 2,704, while an Ellesmere Port to Chester annual ticket is
rising only 2.3 per cent to 720.

Among season ticket fares that are
rising by less than 4 per cent are Aylesbury-London (up 3.2 per cent), Cambridge-London
(up 3.8 per cent), Tain-Inverness (up 3.8 per cent) and Stirling-Glasgow (up 3.9 per cent).