Rail commuters hit with hike in ticket costs

Rail fares in the UK are set to increase by almost 3% next year.

The increase is linked to July’s rate of Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation, which was announced by the Office for National Statistics as 2.8%.

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The figure is likely to lead to an increase of more than £100 in the annual cost of getting to work for many commuters.

Examples of potential season ticket increases include:- Brighton to London: Increase of £125 to £4,581- Gloucester to Birmingham: Increase of £119 to £4,357- Barrow-in-Furness to Preston: Increase of £117 to £4,285- Edinburgh to Glasgow: Increase of £114 to £4,198

The news has been criticized by rail campaign groups who warn that commuters will “refuse to pay” if season ticket prices continue to be hiked.

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