Rail fares have risen across the UK today.

Fares in England and Wales have increased by 2.6 per cent - the first time the government has chosen to put up prices above RPI inflation since 2013.

Changes to rail fares were initially delayed to allow commuters to purchase season tickets at 2020 prices.

The Government said the increase to the regulated fares ensures that taxpayers are not unfairly overburdened by anticipated investments of around £10 billion to keep vital services running during pandemic.

Chris Heaton-Harris, Rail Minister, said: "By setting fares sensibly, and with the lowest actual increase for 4 years, we’re ensuring that taxpayers are not overburdened for their unprecedented contribution, ensuring investment is focused on keeping vital services running and protecting frontline jobs."

Fares within Scotland will rise by a maximum of 1.6 per cent, with some fares capped at just 0.6 per cent.