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Rail travel 'out of the reach of ordinary people'

Rail travel is being pushed "out the reach of some ordinary people" by fare increases, the head of a public transport advocacy group said.

Stephen Joseph, executive director of the Campaign for Better Transport, told Good Morning Britain that Government-dictated ticket price hikes mean rail fares are rising four times faster than wages.

Commuters will find out how much rail fares are likely to rise by next year when the Retail Price Index (RPI) for last month is released today.

The annual increase is capped at July's RPI plus 1%, with an extra 2% added to some tickets.

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Train tickets could be '5.6% more expensive next year'

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The Retail Prices Index figure for July, released today, will determine by how much fares will rise in 2015 Credit: PA

The cost of some train tickets could be almost 6% higher next year.

Rail commuters will be paying close attention to the announcement of last month's Retail Prices Index (RPI) figure today, as it will be used to calculate increases to next year's regulated fares, including season tickets.

Ticket price rises are capped at 1% plus the July RPI figure, expected to be around 2.6%.

Train companies can add another 2% to some fares, as long as the overall average remains as per the formula.

Campaigners say ticket prices are rising four times faster than the average wage and that the measurement used to calculate fare increases has been discredited.

Read: Rail passengers paying more than £9,000 for a ticket

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Max Clifford allowed out of prison for his brother's funeral

Max Clifford has been allowed out of prison to attend his brother's funeral.

Max Clifford (centre) attends his brother Bernard's funeral
Max Clifford (centre) attends his brother Bernard's funeral Credit: PA

Clifford was seen at North East Surrey Crematorium earlier today wearing a navy suit, pink shirt and sunglasses. He was taken away after the ceremony in a prison van.

Max Clifford (centre) attends his brother Bernard's funeral
Max Clifford (centre) attends his brother Bernard's funeral Credit: PA

The Ministry of Justice says it does not comment on individuals, but prisoners need to apply if they want to go to funerals. The prison then assesses the risk to the public.

Missing Surrey teenager 'may be in Buckinghamshire'

  • Jessica Peters is described as white, between 5ft 3” and 5ft 6” tall
  • Slim build and long hair which is currently dark brown
  • She is also known to dye her hair blonde and it is possible that she may change her hair colour

Jessica has links with Buckinghamshire it is possible that she is in that area. However we are following various lines of enquiry and are keeping an open mind about her current whereabouts

– Detective Inspector Clive Vale, Surrey Police

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Appeal after Tadworth robbery

The police are appealing for information after a robbery at a local convenience shop in Tadworth in Surrey this morning.

During the incident the two members of staff, one woman and a man who are both in their 30's, were both tied up by the suspects.

The man was also physically assaulted by the assailants but his injuries are not believed to be serious.

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The incident occurred at between 7am and 7.15am this morning when three masked men entered the One Stop store on Cross Road before threatening staff and leaving with cash and cigarettes. Credit: Metropolitan Police
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Two of the suspects are described as being of Asian appearance and the third man is described as being black. Credit: Metropolitan Police
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As well as information on the three offenders, officers would also like to trace witnesses who saw a dark blue small or medium sized car in the area at the time of the incident. Credit: Metropolitan Police
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It is believed that all three suspects were wearing dark coloured hoodies and tracksuit bottoms with trainers. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Officers also believe that a member of the public that went into the shop at around the time of the robbery may be a key witness to the incident.

She is described as an elderly woman and officers believe that she had parked her pink car outside the shop between 7.15am and 7.30am, before entering and leaving the premises with no purchases.

Officers would very much like to hear from the lady as she may be able to provide vital information that could assist with the investigation and she is urged to call police on 101.

Junction of A31 and A331 reopened after HGV crash

A main route in Surrey has been reopened after a lorry toppled onto its side.

The HGV tipped over at the junction between the A31 and the A331 at Tongham this morning.

The recovery operation has taken several hours as workers battled to get the lorry back on its wheels.

Long delays were reported in the area as the road had to be shut off to allow rescue workers access.

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UPDATE: #A331 jct #A31 closures. It's getting there. Working as fast and as safely as possible. http://t.co/fmeNyV79Nl

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UPDATE: A31 / #A331 closures. Recovery about to turn lorry back up the right way. Still at least an hour to go. http://t.co/XHxSjsONOd

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Read: Lorry overturns on main route in Surrey

Lorry overturns on major route in Surrey

A lorry has rolled onto its side on a major route in Surrey this morning.

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#A31 #A331 A lorry has rolled onto its side, 1 lane closed ATT. The R/A will have to be closed for recover. http://t.co/PDXK66SBDw

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The lorry overturned on the A31 near the junction with the A331 at Tongham. One lane is closed.

The driver suffered minor injuries.

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Not an everyday occurrence luckily!! Here's a different view. Minor injuries to the driver. #A31 #A331 Tongham. http://t.co/AaUScMLc0g

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