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Rail fares set to rise by 6.2%

Commuters in England face 6.2% rise in average train fares after a shock increase in the Retail Prices Index measure of inflation. Cars, air fares, clothing and housing are being blamed for the surprise rise in the Consumer Prices Index of inflation.

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Transport minister: Only more investment will bring rail prices down

Transport minister Theresa Villiers Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The transport minister Theresa Villiers has said that more funding is needed for Britain's railway network in order to make it run more smoothly and cheaply.

She told ITV Daybreak that a "huge programme of rail improvements" is underway and that the Government is investing in the network, but that passangers also had to shoulder some of the costs.

Referring to the 20,000 jobs that could be at risk, she said that only these sorts of "efficiency savings" would "relieve pressure on taxpayer".

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