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Largest fare rise in five years hits passengers in the South

Largest fair rise in fire years hits passengers in the South Credit: ITV Meridian

Commuters returning to work today (02.01.18) after the Christmas and New Year break have been faced with increases in the cost of their season tickets. The average rise is almost three and a half per cent.

It's the biggest hike for five years and campaigners say people are "being priced out of getting to work". There were protests at some stations.

It means the cost of an annual season ticket from Reading to London Paddington will now cost £4464, an increase of £156.

From Basingstoke to London Waterloo it's nearly £4500, up £152.

And from Maidenhead to London, a yearly pass has risen by £104 to more than £3000.

The Government says the money will help provide better services and investment.

Watch this report by Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse:

£156
The rise of an annual pass form Reading to London, now £4,464.
£152
The rise of an annual pass from Basingstoke to London, now £4,500.
£104
The rise of an annual pass from Maidenhead to London, now £3,092.