More rail travellers will be pushed in to the £5,000-a-year season ticket price bracket following today's announcement of train fair rises that will take effect from January 2nd.
The rise for regulated fares, which includes season tickets, will be up to 2.5%, which means those commuting from Canterbury East to London, for example, will see their season tickets rising from the January 2014 price of £4,960 to a point beyond £5,000. Folkestone Central to London season tickets which were £4,984 in January 2014 will also pass the £5,000 mark.
Other travellers will have to join the ranks of those already paying £4,000 a year for their annual commute. The season ticket from West Malling in Kent to London, for example, rises from the January 2014 figure of £3,996 to a point beyond £4,000 .
Those commuting to London from Woking in Surrey will see their January 2014 season ticket price of £2,980 rising past the £3,000 mark. Although the January 2015 rise for regulated fares has been limited to no more than 2.5%, unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets, can go up by as much as the train companies like.
However, announcing the new fares today, the rail industry body the Rail Delivery Group said the average rise for all fares to take effect from January 2 would be 2.2%, which is the lowest average rise for five years.
However, many season ticket holders will find their average rise will be greater than their annual pay rise.
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