Sunday, January 16

Rail prices to rise by the largest amount in nearly a decade-here are all the details

Annual increases to regulated rail fares, such as season tickets and off-peak tickets, are usually linked to the previous July’s retail price index (RPI), which was stated as 3.8% by the Office for National Statistics in August. However, the Government has only now confirmed that rail fares will rise by this amount in 2022. They had risen by a larger RPI + 1% this year.

Increases are normally implemented on the first working day of each year but have been delayed until March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris says this offers people the chance to “save money by renewing their fares at last year’s price”. He adds that capping hikes at July’s RPI “strikes a fair balance” between what train passengers pay and the need to invest in the railways.

You can read our Cheap Train Tickets and Cheap Season Tickets guides for help finding hidden fares and cutting costs.

How regulated rail fares are calculated