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Transport: Tickets

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the change in the cost of train tickets in real terms since 1997; and what assessment she has made of the reasons for the change. (158713)

[holding answer 16 October 2007]: The Office of Rail Regulation monitors fares nationally and publishes these quarterly in National Rail Trends at the following link.

http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/pdf/330-rev3.pdf

Regulated fares are on average, 1.6 per cent. cheaper in real terms than 10 years ago. Regulated fares are increased by an average of RPI+1 per cent. Where fares are unregulated, train operators must price these competitively against other operators and other modes.