Transport fares in the UK are often cheaper than those in Europe, according to a new study from the University of Leeds.
The study by the University’s Centre for Transport Economics and Policy (CTEEP) suggests the average fare for a UK rail journey in 2017 was £10.75.
However, the study found that in comparison with other European countries, the average rate was lower in the north and south east of England.
The average price for a train journey in Wales was £11.11, compared to £11 in the south and £10 in the west of England, the report said.
It was estimated that the average train journey cost £17.20 to travel to and from London and the capital in 2017, compared with £15.35 for the same journey in Germany, the Netherlands and the United States.
The report found that while the average ticket price was still below that in Germany and the Netherlands, it was higher in France, Italy and Spain.
However, the difference was not as large as it was in the case of France, where the average price was £20.80, compared as in the Netherlands £14.50.
The cost of travelling to and back from London in 2018 was also significantly higher in the North and South East of England than in the West of England and Wales.
The findings were published by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University College London (UCL).
They said: ‘The average fares in London in 2017 were significantly higher than the average fares paid in other European cities.
This is likely due to the significant differences in fares between the different transport systems in London.’
In comparison, the typical fare in the rest of the UK is generally less than in Europe and London fares were often lower than those of other European destinations.’
The average UK train journey takes between 4.5 and 7 hours and cost the equivalent of around £11 per person in the London region.’
However, if journeys are made to and around the capital, the costs for those journeys are often lower and therefore the average is lower than in other EU countries.’
This is especially true for journeys between London and Manchester, which is a city with high population density, and where there is no rail service to the city.