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Train companies respond to calls to reduce fares

We understand commuters don’t like to pay more to travel to work but it is the government, not train companies, that decides how much season tickets should rise on average each year. Successive governments have required train companies to increase the average price of season tickets every January since 2004 by more than inflation. Ministers want passengers to pay a larger share of railway running costs to reduce the contribution from taxpayers while sustaining investment in better stations, new trains and faster services.

– Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies

From today, the average increase in season tickets and all other fares is 3.9%. Train companies are working with the rest of the rail industry to cut the costs per passenger and so give ministers the opportunity in future to move away from their policy of above-inflation annual fare rises.

– Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies

Train ticket prices rise today

Commuters pay more for tickets Credit: ITV Meridian

Commuters across the South and South East will have to pay higher train fares from today.

Research done by the Campaign for Better Transport shows many season tickets prices have risen by more than 50% in the last 10 years.

The average fare increase is nearly 4% up on this time last year.

Meanwhile commuters using the Chiltern railway will be charged more to park their cars at train stations in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire from today.

Wendover, Princes Risborough, Haddenham and Thame, Bicester North and Banbury are among those affected.

Car parking charges at train stations go up Credit: ITV Meridian

Rail and tube fares up

The Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) has said the overall average rise, including non-season tickets, will be 3.9% on Wednesday, with some fares not going up as much as this.

But with some non-season-ticket unregulated fares allowed to be increased by an unlimited amount, Railfuture said that some fares could be going up by around 11% or 12%.

From Wednesday, fares are also going up by an average of 4.2% on the Underground and on London buses.

Petrol tax is frozen and overall the cost of driving remains static. How does this help persuade people out of their cars and ease congestion? Where is the green policy?

– Bruce Williamson, Railfuture spokesperson

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Rail fare rises in the east of the Meridian region

For many people in Kent, Sussex and Essex, the train is the only way of getting about - especially if they work in London.

So today's news about big fare rises in January 2013 means they will either have to pay up - or find a new job.

At the moment a Brighton to London season ticket costs £3392 - that will increase by more than two hundred pounds.

Ashford to London on the high speed line goes up from £5504 to 5845. While Sevenoaks to London from 2980 to 3164. Dover to London - using the high speed line - increases from £5556 to not much short of six thousand pounds.

Rail fare rises in the West of the Meridian region

Today's announcement sees a 6.2% average increase in rail fares from the start of next year.

Rail commuters in the western part of the Meridian region already pay anything between £3,400 to get to London from Brighton. And up to £7,500 a year to travel to the capital from Wiltshire.

From 2013, train passengers from Bournemouth will pay more than £6,100 a year for an annual ticket. If you live in Swindon, you'll have to fork out almost eight thousand pounds a year.

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