United States

Rail fares to rise by 3.1% in January

Millions of commuters will have to pay an average of 3.1% more for rail tickets from 2 January. The rise, announced by industry body the Rail Delivery Group, follows a year of disruption on some lines.There had been calls for a price freeze following the chaos caused by the introduction of new timetables in May.The rise, which is lower than the 3.4% average rise for fares in 2018, means another £100 for a Manchester to Liverpool annual season ticket.Anthony Smith, chief executive of independent watchdog Transport Focus, said the rail industry got £10bn a year from passengers, who wanted a reliable railway offering better value for money: "They shouldn't have to wait any longer for that."Fewer than half (45%) of passengers are sat ...