Millions of commuters hit by rail fare increase, 3.1 per cent on average but much more for some

MILLIONS of rail passengers were today hit with a 3.1 per cent fare hike — sparking fury after a year of chaos.

The average commuter will now pay £2,980 for their annual season ticket.

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Commuters were hit by a 3.1 per cent increase in rail fares today – the hike is greater than most people’s salary increases[/caption]

That is up £786 from 2010.

The hike — greater than most people’s salary increases — comes after a year in which one in nine trains was late.

Poor weather, new timetable errors, strikes and signal failures have been blamed for the worst performance since 2005.

The 3.1 per cent average rise covers all fares.

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The chaos has been blamed on poor weather, timetable errors, strikes and signalling[/caption]

An annual season ticket for Brighton to London will jump £148 to £4,844 while Manchester to Liverpool will go up £100 to £3,252.

Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald said: “The Government must now step in to freeze fares on the worst performing routes.”

Rail, Maritime and Transport union chief Mick Cash said commuters were “battered by a toxic combination of gross mismanagement and profiteering”.

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Mick Cash says commuters are ‘battered by a toxic combination of gross mismanagement and profiteering’[/caption]

Teens go half price

MORE than a million teenagers will get half-priced rail travel from September, ministers announced last night.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the new 16 & 17-year-old railcard will save parents and teens hundreds of pounds a year.

It will apply on all types of fares.

The announcement comes alongside the roll-out of the 26-30 railcard, which will give a third off fares for millennials.



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