Rail users not hit as hard as feared in ticket price risesBy David Millward
December 06, 2012
Pockets of rail commuters will not be hit as hard as feared in the New Year with season ticket prices increasing at a lower rate than expected.
But hard-pressed rail users travelling between Reading and London will be paying close to £4,000 for
their annual ticket next year.
An annual season ticket between Reading and Paddington or Waterloo stations will be £3,960 from January 2, 2013 – an increase of £160.
The 4.2 per cent rise is an improvement on the 6.2 per cent which was predicted in the summer.
In July, the retail price index, used to work out how much tickets can increase by the following year, was
3.2 per cent.
An average increase is calculated by adding a further three per cent.
However, last month Prime Minister David Cameron said the average rise for the next two years should be RPI plus one per
Consumer group Passenger Focus said it appears train operators are showing some restraint.
But chief executive Anthony Smith said: “Government and the rail industry must now work together to deliver on the welcome promise
to get fare rises in line with inflation.”