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Rail passengers to be hit by 3.5% average fare rise next year

Rail passengers will see the average price of their tickets increase by 3.5% from January, according to figures out today.

The current formula also allows rail companies to increase some fares by an extra 2%, meaning that some tickets could increase by 5.5%.

Fares can be increased in January by 1% plus July's Retail Prices Index inflation figure.

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Rail travel 'out of the reach of ordinary people'

Rail travel is being pushed "out the reach of some ordinary people" by fare increases, the head of a public transport advocacy group said.

Stephen Joseph, executive director of the Campaign for Better Transport, told Good Morning Britain that Government-dictated ticket price hikes mean rail fares are rising four times faster than wages.

Commuters will find out how much rail fares are likely to rise by next year when the Retail Price Index (RPI) for last month is released today.

The annual increase is capped at July's RPI plus 1%, with an extra 2% added to some tickets.

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