PASSENGERS on Southern trains are paying an average 5.9 per cent more for their journeys after fare increases came into force today (Monday, January 2).
The company says the overall rise for regulated and unregulated fares, which came into force on Monday, is in line with the national average, but claims that many unregulated fares remain at 2011 prices, and some of these will be even cheaper, with a 10 per cent discount if bought online.
Among the “large number” of fares frozen at 2011 levels are all Southern Advance fares and many off-peak fares.
Southern’s development director, Alex Foulds said: “This year, we’re continuing to offer fantastic deals for our off-peak customers. We’re freezing many off-peak fares and all Advance tickets. Online customers can take advantage of a further 10% discount on these fares, making them cheaper than 2011 prices.”
He added: “The premiums we pay to povernment are based on the fares we are allowed to charge, but we have done everything we can for hard-pressed families so that they can still enjoy days out at great prices, with us freezing many off-peak, super off-peak and advance fares.”
More details of Southern’s new fares for 2012 are available on Southern’s website.