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Cheaper fares for South West Trains from January

12/31/2009 AT 09:18

Rail fares across the UK rail network as a whole will rise by an average of 1.1%, well below the expected rate of inflation next year and the lowest increase since privatisation. There will be limited increases to a small proportion of “turn-up-and-go” tickets on the South West Trains network and some changes to when a minority of tickets are valid. Most passengers using South West Trains services within London will also see their fares frozen as part of the introduction of Oyster Pay As You Go on National Rail services.

Passengers are also continuing to benefit from improved services and ongoing investment at South West Trains, with around 93% of trains running on time, and 84% of passengers are satisfied with their train service.

Andy Pitt, Managing Director of South West Trains, said: “We are committed to playing our part in providing affordable rail travel and our package of fares changes in January will deliver a price freeze or price cuts for millions of passengers. “While there will be limited increases on a small proportion of ‘turn-up-and-go tickets, after all fares changes at South West Trains there is no change to the average fare paid across our network. Rail travel delivers good value for money compared with cars and more than four out of five passengers using our services travel on a discounted ticket. Around 95% of the cost of a rail ticket is used to pay for running and investing in our train services. By continuing to run a high quality, efficient and punctual railway, we have been able to deliver even better value for money to our passengers”.

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