Rail commuters could face ticket price increases of almost 6 per cent in January, according to figures from consumer group, Passenger Focus.
An annual ticket from Canterbury in Kent to London will be going up from £4,588 to £4,860 - a 5.9 per cent rise. People wanting season tickets from Tonbridge to London - will face a 5.2 per cent rise from January , with their fare going up to £3,796.
Regulated fares, which include season tickets, will rise by an average of 4.2 per cent from January. The price rises could have been greater but Government intervened.
Train companies have some leeway to raise some season tickets above the 4.2 per cent limit, as long as the average increase on their trains is no more than 4.2 per cent.
Passenger Focus said that it appeared that train companies were exercising restraint but added that the price rises will still feel steep in some places.
Regulated fares account for around 40 per cent of total fares. Train companies can raise non-regulated fares by as much as they like. Details of all fare rises are expected in the coming days.
Price rises in our region include the following tickets:
Gillingham-London rising to £3,672
Canterbury-London rising to £4,860
Tonbridge-London rising to £3,796
Guildford-London rising to £3,224
Portsmouth-London rising to £4,668
Bournemouth-London rising to £5,988
Reading-London rising to £3,960
Oxford-London rising to £4,532
Hove-London (Victoria) rising to £3,860
Eastbourne-London (Victoria) rising to £4,228