SOME fares will rise in the New Year on the “state-run” East Coast Main Line, the route’s new bosses said.
Elaine Holt, who now chairs the new public sector company running the route, said there would be some “minor increased in unregulated fares – mainly off-peak tickets – from January.
However, regulated fares – in line with other train companies – will fall by 1.4%.
The new company was set up after the Government took the East Coast main line franchise from cash-strapped transport group National Express.
The line connects Huddersfield rail users with London and Scotland via Leeds or Wakefield.
The announcement came as it emerged that rail fares across the UK will rise by an average of 1.1% in January.
The Association of Train Operating Companies said the annual increase was the lowest since rail privatisation in the mid-1990s.
But with regulated fares going down by 0.4%, unregulated fares – such as cheap day returns – will be rising much higher.
Regulated fares make up about 40% of all fares and will be going down this year as they are capped at 1% above the retail price index. Based on the July inflation rate, that means minus 1.4%.
ATOC normally gives separate figures for the regulated and unregulated increases, but would not put a figure on the average unregulated fare increase.
Instead, it has lumped the two figures together to make the 1.1% rise.
ATOC said the average cost of a train journey would rise from £5.05 to £5.11 from January.