Commuters face 3.5% hike in rail fares

Commuters face 3.5% hike in rail fares

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Michael Owens

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Commuters face 3.5% hike in rail fares

Regulated rail fares are expected to rise by 3.5 per cent from January next year, based on July's inflation figures.

Trains carrying commuters from Twyford Station

 

Ticket prices are due to go up in England and Wales based on the formula of July's Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation, plus one per cent.

The RPI was 2.5 per cent last month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

An increase in prices may be capped by the Government to keep it in line with inflation, as it was earlier this year, but there has been no announcement to say whether this will be the case again in 2015.

This is the difference in prices commuters can expect for a annual ticket to London if prices rise by 3.5 per cent, based on the current cheapest standard season tickets:

Slough - from £2,416 to £2,500.56

Burnham - from £2,572 to £2,662.02

Maidenhead - from £2,840 to £2,939.40

Marlow - from £3,236 to £3.349.26

Twyford - from £3,336 to £3452.76

What do you make of a possible 3.5 per cent price hike for rail tickets? Do you think it is fair, or are commuters being taken for a ride? Let us know in the comments below, or join the debate on the Advertiser Facebook page.

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