British rail passengers will see a rise of 1.1% on average to rail fares in 2016.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train operators and Network Rail, says it has been the smallest rise for six years.

Regulated fares, such as season tickets, will be capped at July’s RPI inflation rate of 1%. However, off-peak tickets can go up as much the train companies like.

This rise in fares means that they almost cover the daily operating costs on British railways.

According to figures from the National Rail 97p of every pound spent on your rail fare goes back to the railway.

National Rail Enquires
National Rail Enquires

With the rise in prices a person travelling from Nottingham to Birmingham every working day in 2016 will spend an extra 75.90 on rail travel than the year prior.

Paul Plummer thinks the rises are justified.

“Passengers are paying more than ever before”
David Sidebottom, Passenger Director of Transport Focus

Campaign groups say the low increase is a victory for passengers.

David Sidebottom, passenger director at the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said:
“Passengers will be relieved to hear that regulated fares in England remain capped at the level of inflation and will remain so for the next few years.

“They will be pleased to see that there is no flexibility for individual fares to go up by more than this. Both of these are things we have pushed for.

“However fares are still going up overall, on the back of years of above-inflation increases. Now that passengers are paying more than ever before, it is absolutely critical that industry delivers a more reliable day-to-day railway and starts to offer more flexible ticketing products.”