Annual rail fare increases: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00043
Date received: 5 December 2017
Date responded: 6 February 2018

Information requested

  • Clarity on which body sets the annual fare increases in Scotland
  • Clarity on how the process for calculating the annual rise works


Under the terms of the Franchise Agreement, the annual regulated rail fares increase in Scotland is set by ScotRail. Regulated fares are Season tickets, Anytime single/return, Anytime day single/return, Off-peak single/return, and Off-peak day single/return.

The annual regulated rail fares increase is calculated by ScotRail under the formula RPI (Retail Price Index) plus 0% for peak fares, and RPI minus 1% for off-peak fares. Unregulated fares including Super Off Peak and Advance fares are a commercial matter for ScotRail.

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