Rail fares set to rise by 6.2%

Commuters in England face 6.2% rise in average train fares after a shock increase in the Retail Prices Index measure of inflation. Cars, air fares, clothing and housing are being blamed for the surprise rise in the Consumer Prices Index of inflation.

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Govt will face 'more pressure' to reverse rail fare policy

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.

This higher-than-expected inflation figure means that rail fares will rise by more than 6% if the Government proceeds with its policy. There will be even more pressure on the Government to reverse its policy, and bring fares down.

– Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport

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ONS: Air fares driving inflation increases

July saw a dramatic rise in the cost of air fares Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

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.

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Union: Rail season tickets could top £5,000 a year

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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