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Unions hit out at 'scandalous' rail fares rise

Transport trade unions have criticised today's announcement of an average 2.2% increase in rail fares from January 2.

The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) described the rise as an "annual persecution of passengers," while The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) called the increase "scandalous".

We have seen fares jump by as much as 245% on key routes since privatisation 20 years ago.

It is now cheaper for a family of four to fly to Iceland to see Father Christmas - £224 - than it is for one person to buy an any-time walk on return rail fare from London to Manchester - £321.

– Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union

After two decades of privatisation the British people pay some of the highest fares in Europe to travel on clapped-out, understaffed and overcrowded services while the private train companies are laughing all the way to the bank.

– Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT transport union

Rail fares hike 'to improve services'

Following the announcement of an average 2.2% rise in rail fare from January 2, industry body the Rail Delivery Group said that money from train fares is fed back into rail services.

Over the next five years, Network Rail is spending on average £27 million a day on a better railway, alongside commitments made by train companies to improve services. That will mean more seats, better stations and improved journeys.

For every £1 spent on fares, 97p goes on track, train, staff and other costs while 3p goes in profits earned by train companies for running services on Europe's fastest growing railway.

The industry is continuing to work together to get more for every pound we invest to enable government to make fares decisions which work best for passengers.

– Rail Delivery Group director general Michael Roberts

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More rail passengers pushed to £5,000-a-year fares

More rail passengers will pay more than £5,000 a year for their season tickets from January 2.

Rail fares will rise by an average 2.2% in January Credit: PA

Announcing an average 2.2% rise on rail fares in 2015, industry body the Rail Delivery Group said the rise 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.

Rail passengers face delays on East Coast main line

Rail passengers heading into London following the bank holiday are facing severe delays tonight on one of the UK's key train routes.

Overhead wire problems between Peterborough and Stevenage have caused extensive disruption to services on the East Coast main line heading into London King's Cross.

The problems have affected a number of train operators who have warned passengers the issue will ongoing for the rest of the evening.

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Hedge fund manager repays £43,000 dodged train fares

The man avoid paying the full fare to Cannon St station for five years

A hedge fund manager has been revealed as the UK's biggest fare dodger after being made to pay back nearly £43,000 in unpaid fares and legal costs..

The man, who has not been named, spent five years using an Oyster card to 'tap out' of ticket barriers at London's Cannon St station without paying the full price of his journey from the East Sussex village of Stonegate.

After being caught by a ticket inspector, he was ordered to repay £42,550 and £450 in legal costs as part of an out-of-court settlement, according to reports in the Kent and Sussex Courier.

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