Campaigners criticise annual train fare hike

Train ticket prices are going up by 1.1 per cent today
Train ticket prices are going up by 1.1 per cent today
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NEW increased rail fare prices come into force today with a season ticket to London costing nearly £5,000.

A 12-month Portsmouth to London ticket has increased by 0.98 per cent from £4,908 to £4,956.

It comes as train fares in Britain rise by an average of 1.1 per cent today.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: ‘In some parts of the country, given rail performance has been so dire, passengers will be amazed there are any fare rises at all.’

He added: ‘Passengers are paying their part in the railways – rail revenue is heading towards £9bn a year. The rail industry must now keep its side of the promise: deliver on the basics.’

The charge does not include the price paid if within-London travelcards are also purchased for Tube and bus journeys in the capital.

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the RDG which represents train operators and Network Rail, said: ‘We know that nobody likes to pay more to travel by train, especially to get to work, and at 1.1 per cent this is the smallest average increase in fares for six years.

‘On average 97p in every pound from fares is spent on trains, staff and other running costs.’