New Year fare rise greets com­muters

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

COM­MUTERS are tak­ing the hit after another fare hike this year. Fares rose by an av­er­age 2.2 per cent last week, though the av­er­age rise on a Chiltern line is higher at 2.5 per cent.

Peo­ple who pre-bought tick­ets es­caped the rise, but it is now too late for com­muters to buy the cheaper tick­ets.

Chan­cel­lor George Os­borne an­nounced in De­cem­ber’s Au­tumn State­ment that reg­u­lated fares will rise by July’s RPI fig­ure of 2.5 per cent.

This in­cludes sea­son tick­ets, any­time sin­gle tick­ets around ma­jor ci­ties, and off-peak in­ter-city re­turn tick­ets.

Chiltern Rail­ways said: “Fare rises are de­ter­mined largely by gov­ern­ment pol­icy and the Chan­cel­lor con­firmed the ap­proach for reg­u­lated fares in 2015 in the Au­tumn State­ment.”

For more visit www. chiltern­rail­ways.co.uk.

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