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London rail fare ticket comparisons

A commuter's ticket to London Kings Cross from Grantham. Credit: PA

Commuters will have to pay higher rail fares from today with annual season tickets set to rise by an average of 3.1 per cent.

The south-east is an area particularly hit with some tickets rising to above £5000.

The list below compares the price of a 12-month season ticket bought in January 2013 with one bought today.

  • Ramsgate-London: £4,864 to £5,012 - (3.04% increase)
  • Folkestone Central -London: £4,836 to £4,984 - (3.06% increase)
  • Bedford-London: £4,172 to £4,300 - (3.07% increase)
  • Sevenoaks-London: £3,112 £3,208 - (3.08% increase)
  • Cheltenham Spa-London: £9,184 to £9,468 - (3.09% increase)
  • Deal-London: £4,864 to £5,012 - (3.04% increase)
  • West Malling-London: £3,876 to £3,996 - (3.1% increase)
  • Dover Priory-London: £4,864 to £5,012 - (3.04% increase)
  • Milton Keynes-London: £4,620 to £4,772 - (3.29% increase)
Travellers at Kings Cross station. Credit: PA

So where does your money actually 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.

That's 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