Rail fare rise: How much your season ticket price will go up

Rail commuters found out on Wednesday they will face a hike in season ticket prices of 1.6%, despite workers being told to return to offices.

The rise, which is typically based on July’s Retail Prices Index (RPI), is expected to come into force in January, although there is speculation that Government ministers are considering a delay due to dwindling passenger numbers.

Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road said regulated fares went up by an average of 2.7% in January 2020, following the July 2019 RPI figure of 2.8%, as PA reports.

The UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments regulate rises for around half of fares, including season tickets on most commuter routes, some off-peak return tickets on long-distance journeys, and tickets for travel around major cities at any time.

Unregulated fares, including advance and peak long-distance tickets, can be increased at the discretion of train companies.

The latest move means prices for popular season tickets could rise by as much as £80 a year.

Ministers have been urged to scrap the fare rise, with Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, saying “doing so in the middle of a health emergency and emerging economic crisis will help no-one”.

How much will my fare go up?

Below are 18 examples of potential rail fare rises across Britain, including in Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’s Welwyn Hatfield seat.

The table compares the price of a 12-month season ticket bought now with one purchased from January next year if they are increased by 1.6%.

It does not include the price paid if within-London travelcards are also purchased for Tube and bus journeys in the capital.


Woking to London – £3,440 – £3,495 – £55

Ludlow to Hereford – £2,340 – £2,377 – £37

Brighton to London (any route) – £4,980 – £5,060 – £80

Liverpool to Manchester (any route) – £2,692 – £2,735 – £43

Neath to Cardiff – £1,808 – £1,837 – £29

Maidenhead to London – £3,276 – £3,328 – £52

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Whitehaven to Carlisle – £2,032 – £2,065 – £33

Welwyn Garden City to London – £3,100 – £3,150 – £50

Gloucester to Birmingham (any route) – £4,356 – £4,426 – £70

Thetford to Norwich – £2,048 – £2,081 – £33

Tweedbank to Edinburgh – £2,900 – £2,946 – £46

Bangor to Llandudno – £1,204 – £1,223 – £19

Stonehaven to Aberdeen – £1,428 – £1,451 – £23

Weston-super-Mare to Bristol – £2,056 – £2,089 – £33

Stirling to Glasgow (any route) – £2,292 – £2,329 – £37

Edinburgh to Glasgow (any route) – £4,200 – £4,267 – £67

Alnmouth to Newcastle – £2,240 – £2,276 – £36

Plymouth to Exeter – £3,572 – £3,629 – £57

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