UK com­muters pay more than con­ti­nent

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

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.

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