Welsh rail operator Transport for Wales (TfW) have said that average rail ticket prices across Wales will fall by just over 1% in 2020, and by 7% in North Wales. Passengers travelling from Bangor to Cardiff would save £7.30 on a saver return.
The rail group said it was cutting fares in North Wales but many journeys in Wales run by TfW are regulated, which means they are tied to the retail price index inflation figures (RPI) – which stood at 2.8% in July. Those under that measure will still see ticket price rises.
However, TfW said by capping any rises at a maximum of 2.8%, it was helping fund a £5bn investment to transform the Welsh rail network over the next 14 years.
From 2023, the operator said 95% of journeys will be made on new trains – half of them assembled in Wales.
A spokesperson for Transport for Wales said: “January will see the implementation of more affordable rail fares right across the Transport for Wales network.
“We’re also introducing new rail cards, cheaper off-peak travel, free travel for under-11s and free off-peak travel for under 16s when accompanied by a fare paying adult.”