Railways: Fares

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the increase in rail fares due in January 2018 on demand for (a) Virgin Trains East Coast main line services, (b) Virgin Trains West Coast main line services and (c) First Great Western services.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department makes long-term projections of rail demand and revenues, which take into account a range of factors including changes in yield. Estimates of the effect on individual train operating companies is proprietary and would risk damaging commercial positions if released.

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