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Man dies after being hit by train

A man has died after being hit by a train.

The incident happened at about 9:15am between Penrith and Oxenholme Lake District.

Replacement bus services are currently running for First Transpennine Express customers between Carlisle and Oxenholme.

There are also disruptions to Virgin Trains.

Region's rail services disrupted by flooding

Train services across the region have been cancelled due to flooding.

The Northern Rail service is currently suspended between Carlisle and Maryport due to flooding at Aspatria, where the line is blocked.

Northern Rail are looking to source replacement buses, and there is no estimate for when normal services will resume.

There are also delays of up to 30 minutes on trains between Edinburgh Waverley and Carlisle due to flooding between Lockerbie and Carlisle.

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Rail fares on the rise: Breakdown for the Border region

Rail commuters across the country face average price rises by an average of 3.1 per cent.

But how does that break down in the Border region?

  • Northern Rail operates the Carlisle to Newcastle line and are putting prices up by an average of just over 3%.
  • Virgin train prices from Carlisle to Glasgow will go up by nearly 4%.
  • Standard fares on the Carlisle to London service are also going up by over 4%

Rail group welcomes limit on price hike

Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group, has welcomed the Government's move to limit fare increases.

It follows new rail fares coming into force today that see the price of annual season tickets rise by 3.1 per cent.

"We strongly support the Government’s decision to limit the average increase in Season ticket prices this year.

"This, combined with the determination of train companies to continue attracting passengers, means the average increase across all fares is 2.8%, the lowest in four years.

"To help the Government hold down fares in future, the rail industry is working hard to get more for every pound it spends.

“This year and in coming years, passengers across the country will continue to benefit from billions of pounds spent on improving services.

"As well as introducing more carriages, work will proceed on major projects like the new Birmingham New Street station and thousands of smaller, less visible schemes to improve the railway.”

– Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group

Passengers face rise in rail fares

Passengers will pay higher rail fares from today, with annual tickets rising by an average of 3.1 per cent.

The increase will mean some commuters will be forced to pay more than £5,000 a year.

A number of these fares, including some on the East Coast route, are going up by much less than 3.1 per cent, with the overall rise in tickets - regulated and unregulated - being 2.8 per cent.

Rail fares have gone up in price from today Credit: PA Wire

The rise is for regulated fares which include season tickets.

The increase could have been even greater, but Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement in early December that the regulated fare price cap of RPI inflation plus 1 per cent was being changed to RPI plus 0 per cent.

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Rail fares: Where does the money go?

Train companies retain an average of just 3p from every pound paid for rail tickets, with the vast majority of revenue going on maintenance, staff costs and investment in the rail network, according to figures released by the industry association the Rail Delivery Group:

On average, train companies make a 3p profit in every pound on rail tickets sold. Credit: railfares2014.com/RDG
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