By Daniel Hunter
The government are set to curb the rail industry's power to increase fares in England.
Until now, some regulated fares could potentially have gone up by 9.1% next January. However, the government's overhaul of the rail fare system will see them be capped at 6.1%.
But campaigners say it is not enough, and point out that commuters will still have to pay an above- inflation increase next year.
Regulated fares are those which the government controls, and include season tickets, "anytime" single tickets around major cities, and off-peak inter-city return tickets.
They will go up in 2014 by an average of 4.1%, a number calculated using an average of inflation - as measured by the retail prices index (RPI) for July - plus 1%.
The move is part of the government's Fares and Ticketing review being published by the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.
The review will also detail a pilot scheme that could see all long-distance rail tickets sold on a single-leg basis, not as returns.
The government says this could allow passengers to more easily "mix and match" different ticket types when planning a return journey.
Other plans to be revealed by the Transport Secretary include:
- 'touch in, touch out' season tickets that could benefit part-time workers
- a code of conduct for train companies designed to make it easier for passengers to choose the best ticket for their journey
- strengthening of rules on how train companies alter opening times at station ticket offices.
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