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Call to end big rail fare hikes

Campaigners today urged an end to above-inflation rail fare rises amid widespread anger at continuing increases.

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Rail fares have 'gone up 50 per cent' in last decade

Some season ticket holders have seen their fares rise by more than 50% in the last 10 years, campaigners have said.

The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) said its research showed that in the last decade London commuters have seen:

  • Average season ticket costs increase by £1,300.
  • Fares grow 20% faster than wages.
  • Average costs in real terms increasing by £360.

It added that in the last 10 years rail fares had gone up substantially in all parts of England but that there were significant differences between routes over that period:

  • Annual fares from Ashford International in Kent to London have risen by more than £2,000.
  • Fares from Sevenoaks in Kent to London have increased by nearly 90%, from £1,660 to £3,112.
  • In contrast, fares from Stevenage in Hertfordshire to London have risen by £772 - an increase of 30%, but below the increase generated by inflation alone.

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