The Rail Delivery Group has announced that train fares will increase by 3.1% on average next year. For every £1 paid in fares, 98p goes towards running the railway. The Rail Delivery Group claim that the fare increase is crucial to investment in new carriages and refurbished trains. Commenting on the fare increase, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, Paul Plummer said “nobody wants to pay more to travel, especially those who experience disruption earlier this year. Money from fares is underpinning the improvements to the railway that passengers want and which ultimately help boost the wider economy. That means more seats, extra services and better connections right across the country.” However, the increase has been met with widespread criticism with passenger groups demanding a fare freeze after widespread disruptions earlier this year.