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Southern Rail fares to rise by 1.8% next month

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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The Last Word, December 2016

This week, we look at the troubled Southern Railway: as Aslef pile on the pressure and join the RMT, it's the passengers who face even more strikes, more uncertainty.

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