This is how much rail fares at Scarborough Station have increased by today

Train companies across the country have increased their fares today by up to 2.7%.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 11:40 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 11:41 am

The cost of train travel increases nationally every year, the burden of funding the railways has switched from taxpayers to passengers.

Prices rise on the first working day of each year and whilst 45 per cent of fares are regulated by the UK, Welsh and Scottish governments, the rest are created by private train companies.

This year's rise is a maximum of 2.7 per cent.

Scarborough train station. Picture by Richard Ponter

The regulated fares include season tickets on most commuter routs, long distance journeys and travel in major cities.

A statement from the West and North Yorkshire branch of Campaign for Better Transport called the increase 'scandalous' and 'unjustified' due to the record of operators Transpennine Express and Northern.

They said: "Customers have been subject to abysmal standards of performance over the past year with cancelled, delayed and short formation trains causing time wasting, inconvenience and perpetuating overcrowding.

"The rail industry has a cheek to use its monopolist power to jack up prices. Increased revenue should be achieved by attracting patronage, not deterring it by fare hikes.

"The management of TPE and Northern have put profit before passengers, and their managers should receive no pay increase nor bonus payment in the next 12 months.

"Fare increases need to be related to performance criteria and productivity, not an index of inflation, to incentivise the rail industry."