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Video: Portsmouth rail passengers’ views on fare rises

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RAIL passengers in Portsmouth have given their thoughts on more price rises from January.

Average season tickets will rise by 3.5 per cent following the announcement of the July inflation figures.

The new-year rises are based on the previous July’s rate of Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation plus 1 per cent.

Regulated fares have increased by more than the rate of inflation in most years since 2004.

Such fares include season tickets, anytime single tickets around major cities, and off-peak inter-city return tickets.

But under a ‘flex’ rule, train companies can raise fares by 2 per cent above the average, as long as the overall average stays at RPI plus 1 per cent.

A a result, some fares could increase by 4.5 per cent next year.

Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh said: ‘David Cameron has failed to stand up for working people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.’

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: ‘What we have got to do is make sure rail passengers, who could be forgiven for thinking ‘What on earth am I getting for these rises I’ve seen over the last decade?’, start to realise that they are paying fair fares for comfortable commuting.’

This year, the government capped fare rises to keep them in line with inflation. But it is not known whether the same will happen in 2015.

Video report by Robyn Montague and Ty Tubbs.

 

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