2017 rail fares published

Train fares will go up on average by 2.3 per cent next year, rail industry leaders have confirmed.

  • 2.3 per cent average increase next year
  • 97p in every £1 from fares pays to run and improve services
  • Money from fares supports £50bn-plus Railway Upgrade Plan
  • More than 5,500 new train carriages by end of 2020

The average overall increase covers all national rail fares with effect from 2 January 2017.

People can find the new fares and buy tickets online and at ticket offices from today (2 December).

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group which represents train operators and Network Rail, said:

“We understand how passengers feel when fares go up, and we know that in some places they haven’t always got the service they pay for. Around 97p in every pound passengers pay goes back into running and improving services.

"Fares are influenced by government policy, either through government-regulated fares such as Season tickets or as a result of the payments train companies make to government. This money helps government to support the biggest investment in our railway since Victorian times."

Train companies are working with government to bring about regulatory reforms that will make fares simpler in future. 

Rail companies are working together to deliver more than £50billion of improvements, including £11.6billion being spent on more than 5,500 new train carriages by the end of 2020.
To find out more about the work to upgrade Britain's railway and why the investment is needed go to www.britainrunsonrail.co.uk.

For more about your rail fare go to www.nationalrail.co.uk/fares.


Notes to editors


Date Overall average fares increase
Jan 2010 1.1%
Jan 2011 6.2%
Jan 2012 5.9%
Jan 2013 3.9%
Jan 2014 2.8%
Jan 2015 2.2%
Jan 2016 1.1%
Jan 2017 2.3%
  • Nearly half (46 per cent) of all passenger revenue in 2014-15 came from discounted tickets, up from 39 per cent ten years ago, whilst the proportion of passenger journeys on discounted tickets has also increased.
  • There were 1.7billion rail passenger journeys, more than 4.5million a day, across Britain in 2015-2016.
  • The huge increase in passenger numbers has resulted in train companies generating extra revenue for the government to support rail investment, contributing more than £800million net in 2014-15 - up from £57million in 2010-11.


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