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Commuters face a 2.7 per cent increase in rail fares from January despite continued chaos


COMMUTERS face a 2.7 per cent increase in rail fares from January — despite continued chaos on the railways.

It will add as much as £140 to the cost of long-distance season tickets for some travellers.

 Commuters face a 2.7 per cent increase in rail fares from January despite continued chaos on the railways

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Commuters face a 2.7 per cent increase in rail fares from January despite continued chaos on the railwaysCredit: PA:Press Association

The increase will affect 45 per cent of fares that are regulated — but other tickets could soar by more because they are decided by train companies.

Regulated fares include most annual season tickets, some off-peak return tickets on long- distance trips and flexible Anytime tickets around big cities.

The latest rise is slightly lower than this year’s 3.1 per cent increase — the biggest in six years.

It means a season ticket from Brighton to London, now £4,844, will cost £4,974.

A season ticket from Reading to London will go up by £140 to a total of £5,308.

The Rail Delivery Group, which announced the increase last night, defended the move. It insisted price rises will be invested back into the railways.

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But Anthony Smith, chief executive of watchdog Transport Focus, said: “We speak to hundreds of thousands of passengers each year and we know that less than half feel they get value for money.

“After a year of patchy performance, passengers just want a consistent day-to-day service they can rely on and a better chance of getting a seat.

“As fares rise, passengers must make their voice heard and call on operators to deliver a better service.”

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