The DfT has set a 4.9 per cent cap for most government-regulated fares, including season tickets on commuter journeys, some off-peak return tickets on long-distance routes, and flexible tickets for travel in major cities. The Retail Prices Index measure of inflation in July was 9 per cent, but the more commonly used Consumer Prices Index was 3.9 per cent in November. The previous cap on regulated fare increases was 5.9 per cent. Transport Secretary Mark Harper stated that the government’s intervention to cap the increase in rail fares below last year’s rise is a significant move. Fares will rise on March 3, and train operators set unregulated fares with heavy influence from the government. The DfT’s actions will keep regulated fares more than 9 per cent lower than if they matched RPI in the last two years. Additionally, the Scottish Government announced that all ScotRail fares will rise by 8.7 per cent from April 1.
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