Transport Minister announces measures to keep rail fares down

For the second year in a row the Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, has announced that regulated rail fares in Wales cannot be increased above inflation.

The allowable overall average increase of regulated rail fares will be kept at July’s RPI figure (2.5%) on the Wales and Borders franchise with implementation from January 2015, in line with fares across the border.

The Minister also announced that the “flex rule”, that allows train operators to raise fares by 2% above the average increase as long as the overall average stays at RPI, will be scrapped.

Mrs Hart said:

“This will help keep down the cost of rail fares and ensure consistency. The Welsh Government recognises the pressures on people’s income and for the second year in a row we have moved to keep train fares in Wales affordable. Our train system provides access to jobs and services to many people and we want to encourage more people to use public transport.”