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Rail minister in 'fairer fares' pledge

The rail minister has pledged that there will be "better passenger experiences and fairer fares" for rail travellers,

Claire Perry's comments come as it is revealed that regulated rail fares will rise by an average of 3.5% from January next year. The figure is determined by the Retail Prices Index inflation figure, which was 2.5% last month - plus an extra percentage point.

Speaking on the Today programme, Mr Perry added that "it's really worth emphasising that for the first time in a decade, last year, thanks to the work the chancellor had done, we were able to offer a no-real-terms increase in rail fares, they were actually capped at inflation, and we've said over the longer term we would absolutely like that to be the case."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 19 August.

  • 19 Aug 2014
  • From the section UK