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Rail fares to rise today

East Coast train at Newcastle station. Credit: Martin Keene/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Train companies across the UK are raising their prices today.

East Coast trains have increased their fares by an average of just over one per cent, but some fares will go up by more.

The company has pointed that its average fare rise is below the rate of inflation.

Rail fares: The full story

The government has announced plans to limit how much train companies can increase some fares. The Transport secretary said he hoped it would help hard pressed rail users.

But Labour say it's too little too late and they would do more to help passengers . **

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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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Fare increases 'are a broken promise from David Cameron'

Maria Eagle speaking outside Kings Cross station today
Maria Eagle speaking outside Kings Cross station today

Shadow Transport Minister Maria Eagle told ITV News the rail fare increases represented a broken promise from David Cameron:

"When Labour started doing this ten years ago we weren't in the middle of a double-dip recession with austerity and everybody's living standards being squeezed in the way in which they are now.

"As it became apparent that times were getting tough what Labour did was stop the train companies from charging above the cap.

"So today what people have found going to renew their tickets is that David Cameron promised them they'd be paying no more than 1% above inflation, many people have actually found their ticket price going up by 9%.

"This is a broken promise from David Cameron."

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Rail passengers hit by fare increase

Rail passengers are being hit in the pocket as inflation-busting fare rises take effect.

Regulated fares, which include season tickets, are increasing by an average of 4.2%, with the overall average rise for all tickets being 3.9%

Campaign groups have pointed out today's increase is the 10th successive above-inflation rise, with some rail season ticket holders seeing their fares rise by more than 50% in the last 10 years. Also, the TUC has said that fares have risen far faster than wages since the recession in 2008.

ScotRail fares will rise by 3.9%.

"We have worked hard to keep the increase down to a level that continues to offer value for money. At the same time, our approach enables us to continue to invest in improvements including more and faster services and better facilities atstations and on trains.”

– ScotRail spokesperson

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