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Merseyrail Fares Set to Remain Among Lowest in the UK

General Interest

04 December 2015
  • Many fares will increase slightly
  • Merseyrail passengers are the most satisfied in the country with their fares

Most rail fares in the UK will go up next year, but those on Merseyrail will continue to be among the cheapest in the country, and our passengers are the most satisfied in the UK with the price they pay for a ticket.

No one likes fare increases, but I’m sure our customers are well aware of their inevitability. All parties have worked hard to keep rises to a minimum, ensuring that our railway remains accessible and affordable to as many people as possible.

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde

Managing Director

Highlights of the 2016 changes include:

  • A family ticket will stay at £10 for the fifth year running
  • One area Daysavers for both adults and children will remain at 2015 prices
  • The maximum adult return price increase is 10p
  • A new product for children has been launched: a monthly Railpass for 5-15 year olds

The cheapest return ticket on Merseyrail (between Sandhills and Liverpool) is £1.85 and the most expensive (between Chester and Southport) is £8.25.

In the last National Rail Passenger Survey (spring 2015), 68 per cent of people polled say that they get value for money for the price of a ticket. This is highest figure among all franchised operators and 23 percentage points above the national average.

Likewise, Merseyrail remains extremely popular with passengers, achieving 91 per cent in the last National Rail Passenger Survey. We are one of the top performers nationally and remain top among all regional operators. Our score was 11 percentage points above the national average, and an increase on our previous overall figure. At the National Rail Business awards earlier this year, we were named operator of the year. 

Changes will take effect on Monday 4 January 2016. Our fare rises are pegged to inflation, as stipulated in the concession agreement between  Merseytravel and Merseyrail.