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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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Govt will face 'more pressure' to reverse rail fare policy

Stephen Joseph of the Campaign for Better Transport said that today's inflation rises will put the Government under more pressure to lower the rate at which it allows train companies to increase their average prices.

This higher-than-expected inflation figure means that rail fares will rise by more than 6% if the Government proceeds with its policy. There will be even more pressure on the Government to reverse its policy, and bring fares down.

– Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport

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