ATOC: Government policy to blame for rising rail fares

The CEO of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has told ITV News that the rules which allow train companies to raise some fares by as much as 11.2% are the result of Government policy.

Under a process called "flexing" train companies can control price rises on different tickets as long as the average rise is below a cap.

Michael Roberts said the Government had a policy to maximise the revenue it receives from train companies and reduce the burden on the taxpayer.

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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.