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The price of your train ticket is going up AGAIN

The price of your train ticket is going up AGAIN

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 9:58am 14th August 2019. (Updated at 10:54am 14th August 2019)

Commuters in Surrey and Hampshire will be hit by a further rise in the price of their train ticket next year.

The increase, of 2.8% has been confirmed, and is based on the Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation measure for July. 

It could see passengers pay an extra £100 a year to get to work. 

Regulated fares cover season tickets on most commuter routes, some off-peak return tickets on long-distance journeys and tickets for travel around major cities at any time.

Passenger groups have urged a change in the way ticket prices are calculated.

Rail campaign groups have warned that commuters will "refuse to pay" if the price of season tickets continues to rise.

They have also called for the lower Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation to be used instead. This stood at 2.1% last month, according to the ONS.

But speaking ahead of the announcement, industry body the Rail Delivery Group said 98p in every £1 spent in fares goes back into running the railway.

The organisation's director of nations and regions Robert Nisbet said:

"No one wants to pay more to get to work but by holding rises down to no more than inflation, [the] government is ensuring that money from fares continues to cover almost all of the day-to-day costs of running rail services.

"This means private sector and taxpayer money can go towards improving services for the long term."

Meanwhile, a new rail card is being introduced for 16 and 17 year olds in England and Wales.

Up to 1 point 2 million young people will be eligible and it's thought it could save an average of £186 a year.

It goes on sale next Tuesday (August 20) ahead of the new academic year and will cost £30. 

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