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Recap: What the fare rises could mean for you

A selection of the largest annual season ticket rail fare rises across the UK:

  • An annual ticket to travel from Tonbridge to London is rising 5.9% to £3,796.
  • Eastbourne to London Victoria is up 4.1% to £4,228.
  • Kettering to London is rising 4.7% to £6,220.
  • Ludlow to Hereford is up 5.3% to £1,992.
  • Peterbrough to London is up 4.2% to £6,888.
  • Cambridge to London is rising 3.8% to £4,400.
  • Gloucester to Birmingham is up 4.1% to £3,640.
  • Llanelli to Swansea is rising 5.4% to £624.
  • North Berwick to Edinburgh has risen to £1,604, a rise of 3.9%.
  • Stirling to Glasgow is up 3.9% to £1,916.

Campaigners say decade of rail fare rises is 'shocking'

Rail campaigners held demonstrations outside King's Cross station in London. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Campaign for Better Transport chief executive Stephen Joseph has said the impact of successive Government's policies on rail fares has been "appalling" over the past decade.

Today's price hike is the 10th successive annual rise above inflation.

Campaigners have said some fares have increased by more than 50 per cent during that time.

"It's truly shocking that we have deliberately made getting the train to work an extravagance that many struggle to afford," Mr Joseph added. "The time has come not just to stop the rises but to reduce fares."

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Train companies defend fare decisions

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has defended the way rail companies apply the fare rises that Government policy allows them. While rail fares can only go up by inflation plus 1% that is the average figure which is why some fares have risen by much more today.

Edward Welsh, ATOC spokesman told ITV News: "Just as they might increase them above 4.2% they have to de-crease them elsewhere.

"It's like a traditional pair of kitchen scales. The Government ensures that all the fares come back to 4.2%."

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