Rail fare increases to be limited

Rail fare increases are to be capped next year. Regulated fares in England could have gone up by 9.1% in January but they will now be a maximum of 6.1%. But Labour says it is "cold comfort" for commuters.

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Rail customer watchdog welcomes fare increase cap

Anthony Smith, chief executive of rail customer watchdog Passenger Focus, has welcomed the cap on rail fare increases.

Rail customer watchdog Passenger Focus has welcomed the fare increase cap. Credit: Press Association

He said: "Passengers will be pleased to hear that the amount train companies can raise individual regulated fares by has been limited.

"We have been calling for this to happen for years - it is a step towards a fairer system. This will allow passengers to plan with a bit more certainty and have confidence that actual regulated fare rises will bear more relation to the figures set by government."

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