While suburban fares and season-ticket prices remain unchanged, there is a nominal increase (in the range of 1 to 4 paise per km) for different classes of long-distance trains.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (2 January 2020) told passengers to expect a year of action towards creating a rail industry relentlessly focused on improving their experience.
The hike, which will be implemented in various categories of services provided by the Railways, will not be applicable for suburban train services, which constitutes 66% of the Railways' passengers.
The government will also establish a new "fares trials fund", to kickstart further trials this year across the country.
The average journey will now cost 2.7 per cent more than previous year, a rise passengers in Yorkshire will nearly certainly find irksome given the delays, cancellations and overcrowding that many have endured in the past 12 months.
Network Rail data shows only 65 per cent of trains arrived at stations within a minute of the correct time in the year to December 7. "How on earth is the government going to meet its climate commitments by pricing people off environmentally friendly trains and on to our polluted and congested roads?"
Existing fares of train services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Vande Bharat, Tejas, Humsafar, Mahamana, Gatimaan, Antyodaya, Garib Rath, Jan Shatabdi, Rajya Rani, Yuva Expresses, Suvidha and special trains on special charges, AC MEMU (non-suburban), AC DEMU (non-suburban) etc shall similarly be revised to the extent of the proposed increase in fares.
He urged passengers to "offset the cost of the fare rises" by claiming compensation for every eligible delay.
Last month Avanti took over the West Coast rail franchise from Virgin Trains.
This government will improve the railway system to ensure the focus is always on putting passengers first.
The Government-commissioned review is being led by former British Airways boss Keith Williams, who was tasked with making recommendations on how Britain's railways should be reformed, including in relation to fares.
"This is the third year in a row that average fares nationally have been held below the inflation measure, on which rises are based".
"Some changes were made in the December 2019 timetable change to remove the complexity, and to add capacity, but the most significant changes to reintroduce simplicity will be implemented in the May 2020 timetable". The average fare rise across all types of ticket, including non-regulated, is slightly lower, at 2.7%.