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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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.

Rail fair protesters pose as Bullingdon Club members

The environmental group Climate Rush has tweeted these photos of its protest against a planned hike in rail fares outside Waterloo station.

Demonstrators recreate a photograph of the Bullingdon Club outside Waterloo station

In one photo, demonstrators recreate an infamous photo of the Prime Minister and London mayor Boris Johnson posing as members of the Bullingdon Club - an exclusive gentleman's club at Oxford University. The Chancellor George Osborne was also a member of the club in the 1990s.

Climate Rush demonstrators with a banner outside Waterloo Station

Transport minister: Only more investment will bring rail prices down

Transport minister Theresa Villiers Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The transport minister Theresa Villiers has said that more funding is needed for Britain's railway network in order to make it run more smoothly and cheaply.

She told ITV Daybreak that a "huge programme of rail improvements" is underway and that the Government is investing in the network, but that passangers also had to shoulder some of the costs.

Referring to the 20,000 jobs that could be at risk, she said that only these sorts of "efficiency savings" would "relieve pressure on taxpayer".

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Strain of train fare hikes on commuters

Campaigners have said commuters to London were routinely spending up to 15% of their salary on getting to work.

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Commuters are spending more and more on travel, say campaigners Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire

By 2015, this will create a series of "£1,000 towns" - places where commuters will see the cost of their annual season ticket rise by more than £1,000 between 2011 and 2015.

Government defends above-inflation rail fare rise

The transport secretary Justine Greening has said she is keen to see "what we can do to keep rail fares down to something affordable".

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Transport secretary Justine Greening Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

She added: "I shall be looking at whether there is a way of doing that in the autumn but we have to stick with our deficit-reduction policy."

Ms Greening was asked whether there would be Treasury money available for rail that would enable the fare rise to be reduced. She replied: "Well, if you don't ask, you don't get."

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