Lincolnshire commuters to benefit from rail fares cap
Train passengers in Lincolnshire will see fares go up in January - but many could benefit from new deals being introduced by the Government.
Part-time workers in the county and commuters who travel on the rail network on mainly off-peak services are set to benefit from the new deals.
The overhaul in rail fares announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin allows for the 4.1 per cent fare increases in the New Year.
But, with the Government trying to take the sting out of annual rises, rail operators have been told that they can't hike individual fares by more than two per cent above inflation.
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The intervention means that many commuters who have been forced to pay 10 per cent extra year-on-year will find the increases pegged at around five per cent.
Rail companies are also being told that they must introduce season tickets specifically for part-time workers.
Cheaper fares either side of the morning and evening 'rush-hours' are also being trialled.
And a pilot scheme will monitor the sales of all long-distance tickets because many single journeys currently cost almost as much as a return.
"We're taking this action because we know how hard-pressed rail users are," Mr McLoughlin said.
"And we're as determined as ever to end the era of above-inflation fares."
The fares and ticketing review sets out a code of conduct for train companies to be overseen by a regulator.
And the Association of Train Operating Companies said: "The reduction is in line with that suggested by the companies and should encourage greater rail use."