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2014 Rail Ticket Prices Now Online

An East Midlands Trains Meridian at East Midlands ParkwayRail passengers can now check ticket prices for 2014 at stations or online at East Midlands Trains or through National Rail Enquiries.

The Chancellor announced in the Autumn Statement on 5 December that the average increase for regulated rail fares, including season tickets, would be 3.1 per cent. This is in line with July’s Retail Price Index (RPI), rather than the previously planned RPI plus one per cent. Following the change, train companies have been resetting the fares valid from 2 January.

East Midlands Trains has confirmed that the average increase across all of its fares will be 2.6 per cent, or an extra 36p on a single journey. This represents the lowest increase in four years. Fares on around 17 per cent of journeys across the East Midlands Trains network will be frozen in January.

As well as paying for the running of the day-to-day rail network, fares are helping fund a massive programme of investment.

Improvements for passengers at East Midlands Trains, the UK's most punctual long-distance rail operator for the past four years, include:

  • New timetable launched this month, marking the start of faster journey times to London from South Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
  • £70m investment programme being delivered by Network Rail in partnership with East Midlands Trains. It includes the upgrade of almost 160 miles of track, with trains able to run at 125 mph on parts of the Midland Main Line route for the first time ever.
  • Programme to install free Wi-Fi at 29 stations by early Spring 2014, with the technology already installed on all train services to London.
  • Better reliability from Network Rail's £100m investment in the railway through Nottingham and a multi-million pound programme to create an improved station for Nottingham.
  • Completion of a £30 million investment programme to refurbish every train in the fleet.
  • Delivery of an additional 1,500 seats per day on the busy Liverpool-Norwich route.

David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, said: "We are investing fares directly in initiatives that will provide passengers with easier, more punctual, and more comfortable journeys. Across the rail industry, we are also working hard to get more for every pound we spend, giving government the scope to hold down fares in future years should it choose to do so.”