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Another kick in the teeth for passengers - that's how union leaders have described today's announcement that train fares will rise once again. From January the 2nd, prices will go up by an average of two point three percent.
On South West Trains, passengers will have to find an extra £120 to pay for an annual season ticket from Bournemouth to London.
While on Southern, an annual ticket for long-suffering commuters on the Brighton to London line will cost over £80 more in the New Year.
But the government also said today that thousands of Southern passengers are in line for compensation, as John Ryall explains.
The consumer watchdog 'Which?' has criticised the 2.3% average increase in rail fares for next year.
The head of the ASLEF union which represents train drivers has said that the 2.3% average increase in train fares next year is 'scandalous'.
The trade union's General Secretary, Mick Whelan, accused the government of allowing the privatised train companies to make even more money than they were already making, even though for some passengers it was an 'ever poorer service,’
A spokesperson from Southeastern trains has issued a statement on the day that it was announced rail fares on its services will go up by an average of 1.8% from January 2017.
The average national increase on ticket prices is 2.3%.
The independent travel watchdog 'Transport Focus' has given its response to the news that rail fares will rise by an average of 2.3% from 2nd January 2017. The organisation looks after the rights of transport users - including people who travel by train.
Rail fares on South West Trains are to go up by an average of 1.5% in 2017. The operator says that the rise is below the July inflation rate of 1.9% that the Government uses to set regulated rail fares - and claims that passengers will see their fares going down in real terms.
South West Trains said it is using the money generated by the business not only to run the service day to day, but also to carry out works as part of the biggest investment in our railways since the Victorian era.
The firm highlighted its £50million investment in improvements including:
- The introduction of 100 new Customer Ambassadors to provide a more personalised service at stations
- The roll out of 91 interactive Video Ticket Machines linked to a new dedicated 24/7 customer contact centre
- 1,400 extra car parking spaces at stations
- 1,400 more cycle spaces at stations.
Fares on Southern and Gatwick Express trains will rise by an average of 1.8% from January 2, in line with the annual increases of other train operators, it was confirmed today.
But long-suffering passengers who travel on the Southern network received some welcome news when a new compensation scheme was also announced after enduring months of travel misery.
Under the scheme, which will go live in January, annual season ticket holders will receive a payment equivalent to one month's travel with quarterly, monthly and weekly season ticket holders being able to claim an equivalent payment for the ticket type. Customers claiming against quarterly, monthly or weekly tickets must have bought travel for at least 12 weeks between 24 April 2016 and 31 December 2016.
Where it has details, Southern will contact the majority of eligible customers directly and a website is also being set-up to enable customers to apply online if they believe they are eligible and are not automatically contacted by Southern.
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Rail fares in Britain are set to rise by 2.3% next year. Here is how the rise will affect commuters on routes across the country.