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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Railways 'a victim of their own success'

"We're a victim of our success" Michael Roberts, Director General of the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators and Network Rail, said.

Mr Roberts told Good Morning Britain that the UK's trains are so busy because they are affordable, refuting claims that fare hikes are pricing people out of rail travel.

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