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“Further blow” for rail passengers after sky-high fare hike, says

By Martin Lewis

15 August 2017

Commuters face a 3.6% increase in regulated rail fares next year after official inflation figures used to calculate the rise were published today.


Megan French, consumer expert at, said: “Commuters already struggling with sky-high rail fares will face a further blow with today’s announcement. A 3.6% hike for 2018 is markedly higher than last year’s 1.9% rise and is the most we’ve seen in the last five years.


“This isn’t the full picture though, as only about half of fares are regulated, and we’ve yet to see how much unregulated fares such as advance tickets will rise.  


“There are ways passengers can try to beat the fares hike and cut the cost of train travel, for example by ‘splitting tickets’, checking if they have the right type of ticket, buying single tickets instead of returns, using railcards, and booking as early as possible. In the meantime, though, passengers will find the price rises to come very hard to stomach.”





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