January fares changes: reducing the cost of train travel
In January 2020 we’ll be launching a wide and varied number of reduced and revised train fares and some exciting new travel products.
Overall, this will mean a reduction of more than 1% in the cost of travel throughout the Wales and Borders network on Transport for Wales trains, in comparison to 2019 prices.
This is the result of a major revision of fares delivered as part of the Welsh Governments rail responsibilities that commenced in October 2018.
The changes, that apply to journeys from 2 January 2020, will provide some substantial, wide spread reductions in many existing ticket prices, new opportunities to save and increases in some specific fares. Where ticket prices increase, this will be consistent with changes being made by the UK Government in other parts of the country.
By reducing many key fares we want to encourage more people to use our services, particularly at times of the day and in parts of our network where we know there is plenty of space on board for everyone to travel.
It’s all part of our 15-year programme to transform rail travel and deliver a service of which everyone can be proud.
A summary of some key fares reductions happening in January is below:
|North Wales fares reductions||A 10% reduction in all fares set by TfW Rail for journeys to/from/within many North Wales routes.|
|Off-Peak Day Return fares reduction.||Reductions in the majority of Cheap Day Return fares set by TfW Rail for journeys throughout our network.|
|Increased Advance tickets coverage||Introduction of even more medium to longer distance journeys where our low-cost Advance tickets are applicable.|
|NEW: Advance tickets ‘On the Day’||Advance, our low-cost tickets for medium to longer distance travel, can now be retailed on the day of your journey, in addition to the usual 12 weeks before the day of travel.|
|NEW: FREE Off-Peak tickets for under 16’s||Those aged 15 years old and younger can get a FREE Off-Peak ticket when accompanied by a fare paying adult on TfW Rail services (max 2 under-16’s per fare paying adult) for journeys within specific areas of our network. See Map 1.|
|NEW: FREE travel tickets for under 11’s||Those aged 10 years old and younger can get a FREE travel ticket when accompanied by a fare paying adult on TfW Rail services (max 2 under-11’s per fare paying adult) for journeys within a defined area of our network. See Map 1.|
|Cardiff & Valleys routes fares reductions||33 stations within the current Cardiff & Valleys network will have fares significantly reduced (some by more than 10%) to encourage travel to/from areas most distant from Cardiff.|
|NEW: Off-Peak ticket discounts for Annual Season ticket holders and a travelling companion.||34% discount on Off-Peak fares set by TfW Rail for Annual Season ticket holders for themselves AND up to 1 accompanying person, for travel within a defined area of our network. See Map 1.|
|NEW: TfW Railcard for 18-Year-olds||Those aged 18 get 50% off Standard Class fares set by TfW Rail for journeys in specific areas of our network. See Map 1.|
|NEW: TfW Railcard for Students||Qualifying students get 34% off Standard Class fares (non-Seasons) set by TfW Rail AND 10% off Standard Class Season ticket fares set by TfW Rail, in specific areas of our network. See Map 1.|
Further information on all January fares and new products will be available from Transport for Wales railway station Ticket offices and on this website prior to 2020.
Many of these reduced fare tickets will be available on the TfW Rail app.