• 1.6 billion rail journeys taken in 2013/14 - up from 846 million in 1997/98

  • Train companies returned £2 billion to Government in 2012/13 - five times the £400 million returned in 1997/98

  • £5.12 is the average price paid for a single journey in 2012/13 - 2p less than in 1997/98 in real terms

  • At least £20 million a day is being invested in maintaining, improving and building a better rail network

  • Around 3.8 million passengers now arrive as planned every day - almost 600,000 more than just 5 years ago

  • 83% of rail passengers now rate their journey as "good" or "satisfactory" according to the independent passenger watchdog 

  • 90.9% of trains arrived as planned in 2012/13 according to the Government-set measure 

In January 2014 the overall average increase in rail fares was 2.8%. 

Train companies supported the Chancellor’s 5 December announcement that the average increase in 2014 Season tickets, and other regulated fares, would be in line with inflation rather than 1% above. 

We want to help explain why some fares change in price and on this site you'll find:

Most prices change on 2 January each year. Fares for journeys wholly within London, however, may change on another date.

You can check your usual fare - or any ticket - by visiting nationalrail.co.uk.