Rail passengers face big fare increases in the new year

PUBLISHED: 13:40 24 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 06 May 2010

TRAIN passengers face rises above the rate of inflation from January 2 next year. In line with nearly every other rail operator in the UK, First Capital Connect (FCC) is increasing its regulated fares on the Thameslink line linking St Albans, Harpenden

TRAIN passengers face rises above the rate of inflation from January 2 next year.

In line with nearly every other rail operator in the UK, First Capital Connect (FCC) is increasing its regulated fares on the Thameslink line linking St Albans, Harpenden and Radlett to London by six per cent. That represents one per cent above the rate of inflation of five per cent in July.

Unregulated fares, such as most leisure and advance fares, will be rising by nine per cent - two per cent more than the average across the network of seven per cent.

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) says the increased revenue will help pay for major investment to improve the railways.

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