Rail tariffs in England and Wales will rise quicker than anticipated subsequent 12 months
What about tariffs in Scotland and Northern Ireland?
Rail fares are a distributed matter. Here's what happens in the rest of the UK:
- Tariffs regulated in Scotland usually increase by different amounts. In Scotland, maximum regulated prices typically go up to the July RPI (which would be an increase of 1.6% in 2021), while off-peak regulated prices typically go up to the July RPI – 1% (which would be an increase of 0.6%). However, the Scottish government has yet to confirm whether this will change next year. The situation for unregulated rail tariffs also has to be confirmed by the government or the RDG.
- Northern Ireland – Rail price increases are usually not linked to the RPI. Instead, they are determined by Translink, the company that operates public transportation in Northern Ireland.
What are the government and rail companies saying?
Although the increase in England and Wales in 2021 is bigger than expected, the Department of Transport has announced that it will be the lowest increase since 2017. In 2020, the regulated tariffs increased by 2.8%.
Rail Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris says: "By setting tariffs sensibly and with the lowest actual increase in four years, we are ensuring taxpayers are not overwhelmed for their unprecedented contribution and ensuring that investments are focused on providing critical services Keeping things going and protecting frontline jobs. " . "
Jacqueline Starr, managing director of RDG, adds that while passengers will be "disappointed" with the price increase, the "government will ultimately have to decide on the balance between the price payers and taxpayers pay to run the railroad".