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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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Union: Rail season tickets could top £5,000 a year

Tens of thousands of rail commuters will have to pay more than £5,000 a year for their season tickets after new rises come into effect in January, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) union warned today.

The TSSA made the claim as it joined other unions, transport campaigners and rail passenger groups in a day of action to protest at fare increases and cuts to jobs and services.

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