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Railways: Fares

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what fare structure will operate on the domestic rail service between Ebbsfleet and London St Pancras starting in December 2009; and if he will make a statement. (243710)

The fares structure for Southeastern’s domestic high speed services is set out in the Franchise Agreement.

Southeastern have created two sets of fares between London and Gravesend, one set being valid on any permitted route, which includes High Speed 1, and the other not valid on High Speed 1.

A premium may be applied to the fares which are valid on High Speed 1 at Southeastern’s discretion, subject to a cap. For fares between Ebbsfleet and any London station, the fare will be the appropriate “not HS1” fare plus a maximum of 35 per cent.

Southeastern has not notified the Department for Transport of the final level of premium.