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Rail Fare Rises

From today rail ticket prices will rise by an average of 3.9 per cent. The increase has been criticised with claims that services haven't got better - but train companies say it's necessary to fund improvements.

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Rail fare hikes come into effect

Tickets are going up by an average of 3.9% Credit: PA

The mid-winter will be bleaker for millions of rail travellers today as inflation-busting fare rises take effect.

Fares are increasing by an average of 3.9%.

The rise follows a miserable few weeks for many commuters in the South West who have had to contend with long delays caused by flooding and signal failures.

Last week, over-running engineering work led to serious over-crowding on some trains.

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