Rail fares set for hike of up to 5.5% in January

Season tickets for rail passengers are set to go up by hundreds of pounds in January as fares are set to rise by an average of 3.5%. Some fares will see rises of 5.5%, adding up to £300 on some of the most expensive routes.

Campaigners are demanding action on the fare increases and a spate of protests at stations across the UK are planned.

Since the coalition government came to power in 2010, rail fares have soared by 25%, rising almost four times faster than wages, the Guardian reports. Many commuters now spend a fifth of their income on rail fares.

The Campaign for Better Transport’s Martin Abrams said: “With people’s wages stagnating, and in some cases falling, the expense of taking the train to work has become a huge part of living costs. If the government doesn’t put an end to above-inflation fare increases quickly, ordinary commuters will be priced off the train and could be forced into agonising decisions such as moving house or quitting their jobs.”

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