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Rail travellers across Wales are facing fresh misery as the cost of the average fare rises by 3.9%. It's 4.2% for season tickets, and some routes are seeing much higher rises. The move comes as motorists have seen an increase in tolls on the Severn Bridges.
Increasing numbers of travellers are reporting a struggle in the costs of getting to work and carrying out essential journeys like food shopping, because of high fuel costs. Hannah Thomas has our report.
Passengers at Merthyr Tydfil railway station this morning were among those confronted by increased fares. There were mixed opinions - some questioned how families were meant to afford rail travel now, but others praised it for quality of service and price, when compared to the alternatives.
Dan Panes, a spokesman for First Great Western, which runs mainline trains from London Paddington to South Wales, says these fare rises are based on the formula set by government, and aims to ensure 'rail fare passengers are paying more for their journeys and taxpayers are paying less.'
Around half of fares are linked to the inflation rate, measured by the retail price index (RPI). These are known as regulated tickets and include most season tickets. Regulated fares have gone up by 4.2% today - overall average fares are up 3.9%.
From today, fares have risen by 3.9% overall. Regulated fares, including season tickets, are up 4.2%.
Campaigners have pointed it it's the tenth successive above-inflation annual rise, and some fares have increased by more than 50% over the last decade.