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On 2nd January 2019 rail fares will rise, with the Government allowing the rail companies to increase regulated fares by 3.1%.

It can be hard to know what this means in reality, as not all fares are regulated.

I’ve pulled together the current prices and the new prices for some key local journeys. This way you can see the real difference to your travel costs, both in terms of cash and as a percentage increase.

Ticket

Price Dec 2018

Price Jan 2019

% Increase

Anytime return Bromley Cross – Manchester £8.00 £8.20 2.5%
Off peak return Bromley Cross – Manchester £6.30 £6.50 3.1%
Anytime return Hall i’ th’ Wood – Manchester £6.60 £6.80 2.9%
Off peak return Hall i’ th’ Wood – Manchester £5.60 £5.70 1.8%
Anytime return Bolton – Manchester £6.60 £6.80 2.9%
Off peak return Bolton – Manchester £5.60 £5.70 1.8%
Anytime return Bolton – Wigan £6.40 £6.60 3%
Off peak return Bolton – Wigan £5.40 £5.60 3.6%
Anytime return Bolton – Preston £12.30 £12.60 2.4%
Off peak return Bolton – Preston £10.40 £10.70 2.8%
System One Adult County Card (Any Bus or Train in Greater Manchester) 7 Day £38.00 £40 5%
System One Adult County Card Monthly £118 £122 3.3%
System One Adult County Card Annual £1184 £1225 3.3%

Nobody can deny that the train service across this last year has been appalling. It’s been one failure after another. After a year of chaos a fare increase should be unacceptable.

I’ve previously called for the fare rise to be cancelled and the Transport Select Committee called for season tickets to be frozen.

Ministers have ignored the interests of passengers and put the failing rail operators first by allowing these increases to go ahead.

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