Commuters face above inflation hike in train ticket prices

TRAIN passengers face another hike in ticket prices after it was announced that some rail fares will rise by 6.2 per cent in England.

The government revealed the potential increase – which is three per cent above inflation – on Tuesday with the rise coming into effect in January to help fund investment across the rail network.

The exact prices on specific routes have not yet been revealed but an annual peak season ticket from Stevenage to London King’s Cross could go up by almost �200 to �3398 if a 6.2 per cent increase is applied.

In Hitchin, the same annual ticket to King’s Cross would be �3576 – a hike of �208 – while for Letchworth GC commuters it would cost �3872, a rise of more than �220.

The figures for planned rises in the country are an average across regulated tickets, such as season tickets, and make up half of all fares.

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Last year First Capital Connect fares increased by an average of 5.7 per cent, 0.2 per cent lower than the national average.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, spokesman for the Stevenage and Knebworth Rail Users’ Group, said: “I share the pain of passengers facing price rises, as I do not have a second home in London, but commute from my home in Stevenage each day.

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“I am lucky enough to walk the station, as the council’s rip-off car parking charges rake in hundreds of thousands of pounds profit for them each year. I, like many other passengers, do not feel we get value for money, but we have started to see improvements with thousands of more seats available and I will continue to work hard to promote Stevenage as a great place to live and work.”

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