Train Fares To Rise 6% in 2012
Train fares are set to rise from the 2nd January 2012 by 6%, more than the rate of inflation. Inflation was 5.2% in November. Train companies can increase regulated fares by Retail Price Index +1%.
The same journey between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street returning on a different day, using two off-peak tickets, looks like it will cost £12 (or £18.80 if you travel First Class) each way as opposed to the current £11.40 each way.
There are still some cheap singles to be had for early birds looking to save a few quid. For example, the 6.24am from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central on 11 January is only £7.50. There's other early trains coming back from Glasgow to Edinburgh at the same price.
Note that there are no Scotrail train services on 1st January 2012.
Advance tickets offer early bird savings
While tickets will be more expensive you can still save quite a bit by buying in advance. For example, you can currently buy a single from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross for £14.40 on the 6.30pm train on 31 January. There's a smattering of £18.55 fares, and lots of £29.20 fares.
While some of these are great deals, you don't have the same flexibility as you would with some other tickets - you have to travel on a specific train. There is also usually a limited number of discounted tickets.
Why do train tickets need to rise?
If you think that train tickets are too expensive already then you are not alone. Especially since people are supposed to be travelling more by public transport rather than private car for environmental reasons.
A Scotrail spokesperson said: “We are committed to meeting customer demand for high quality punctual services."
“This approach enables us to continue to invest in service improvements while ensuring that rail travel remains value for money.”