Rail Delivery Group responds to RPI figure which will set regulated rail fares for 2020

Commenting on the release of July’s RPI figure

which is used by governments to peg next January's increase to regulated rail fares, Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions for the Rail Delivery Group, said:

"No one wants to pay more to get to work but by holding rises down to no more than inflation, money from 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want simpler, better value fares and we want to work with government to deliver our proposals for reforming today’s outdated system to make fares easier for all.”

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Notes to editors

The price of regulated fares, including season tickets, is controlled by governments:

  • Department for Transport: July RPI (Retail Price Index)
  • Transport Scotland: regulated fares increase by July RPI, except for off-peak fares which are capped at RPI-1%.
  • Welsh Assembly Government: in Wales regulated rail fares are capped at the rate of RPI.
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