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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.

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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".

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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