Anger over hike in cost of rail season tickets

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RAIL commuters travelling from Portsmouth to London will be paying more than £100 extra for their season ticket next year.

The latest rise, which takes effect on Friday, will see regulated fares, which include season tickets, increasing by up to 2.5 per cent and fares overall going up by an average of 2.2 per cent.

A ticket from Portsmouth to London will cost £4,908, an increase of 2.42 per cent.

While the Rail Delivery Group, which represents rail operators and Network Rail, said it was the lowest average increase for five years, the hike was blasted by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).

CBT’s Martin Abrams said: ‘Ticket prices are rising much faster than wages, which means getting to work takes up an increasing share of incomes, hitting household budgets and the economy.’