• 82% of rail passengers now rate their journey as "good" or "satisfactory" according to the independent passenger watchdog 

  • 1.5 billion rail journeys taken in 2012/13 - up from 846 million in 1997/98

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

  • At least £15 million a day is being invested in improving and building a better rail network

  • 90.7% of trains arrived as planned last year according to the Government-set measure 

  • Train companies returned £1.7 billion to Government in 2011/12 - a fourfold increase on the £400 million returned in 1997/98

  • £5.13 is the average price paid for a single journey in 2012/13 - 1p less than in 1997/98 in real terms

2014 rail fares are now available and the rail industry has confirmed the overall average increase will be 2.8%. 

Train companies have completed re-pricing tickets after the Chancellor’s 5 December announcement that the average increase in 2014 Season tickets, and other regulated fares, will 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 will change on 2 January. Fares for journeys wholly within London, however, will change on 19 January. You can check the new London fares, including Travelcards, from 10 January.

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