UK commuters pay more than continent
SOME UK rail commuters, facing six per cent average fare rises next week, are already paying almost 10 times more for their season tickets than their European counterparts, according to figures released today. The price of a 2011 season ticket from Woking in Surrey to London, including tube travel in the capital, is £3,268. Yet a similar 22-mile journey from Velletri to Rome costs Italian season ticket holders £336.17, statistics from the Campaign for Better transport (CBT) showed. Similar journeys of around 21-24 miles in other European countries reveal that rail travellers on the continent are paying far less for their trains. From January 2, UK regulated fares, which include season tickets, are rising by an average of six per cent, with the overall average rise for all tickets being 5.9 per cent.