Rail passengers face a four per cent hike in fares

East Midlands Trains fares are set to increase
East Midlands Trains fares are set to increase

Rail fares on East Midlands Trains will increase by an average of four per cent from January 2, 2013, the company confirmed today, Thursday.

The company said the cost of a single journey will rise by an average of 52p.

Passengers can check the new price of their usual ticket or any other fare at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk or through National Rail Enquiries.

Fare rises are determined largely by government policy, and the Chancellor confirmed the approach for next year in yesterday’s Autumn Statement.

David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains, said: “Railway funding can only come from the taxpayer or from the passenger. The government’s policy remains that a bigger share must come from people who use the train.

“We know that nobody likes paying more for their travel, especially to get to work. That’s why we are working hard with the rest of the rail industry to make the system more cost-efficient and help take the pressure off future fare rises. At the same time, we are investing in our trains and stations to deliver a better railway for our customers.”

For more information on 2013 fares including how to get the best value deals, passengers can also visit http://www.atoc.org/2013fares/finding-the-best-fare.php