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Stephen Joseph of the Campaign for Better Transport said that today's inflation rises will put the Government under more pressure to lower the rate at which it allows train companies to increase their average prices.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that rising air fares are responsible for the rise in inflation rates announced today.
Air fares, which are highly seasonal, rose 21.7% between June and July - the largest increase since 2004. Travel companies have reported an increase in demand for foreign holidays as people look to escape the wet start to the British summer.
July also saw the record smallest monthly fall in prices in footwear and clothing prices after retailers brought forward their summer sales to June.
Protests and leafleting against a planning increase in rail fares will be taking place across the country this morning. The unions as well as a number of campaign groups are organising demonstrations. See at which stations the protests are taking place here.
The retail price index (RPI) rose to 3.25 in July - more than was expected.
The largest upward pressures on the change in the RPI rate came from the purchase of cars, air fares, clothing, footwear and housing.
The headline rate of retail price index (RPI) inflation rose to 3.2% from 2.8% in June, the Office for National Statistics said. The underlying rate of RPI inflation rose to 3.2% in July from 2.8% in June.
The rate of consumer price index (CPI) inflation rose to 2.6% in July, from 2.4% in June, the Office for National Statistics announced today.
Tens of thousands of rail commuters will have to pay more than £5,000 a year for their season tickets after new rises come into effect in January, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) union warned today.
The TSSA made the claim as it joined other unions, transport campaigners and rail passenger groups in a day of action to protest at fare increases and cuts to jobs and services.
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