Train fares rise across Kent
Kent commuters are set for a new year hangover today -
as the train fare rises kick in.
The average increase across the county on Southeastern lines is
4.1% for 2013 - which is below the guideline average set by the
government of 4.2%.
But some commuters face an even greater hike.
An annual ticket from Canterbury East or West to London will
cost £4,812 - a rise of 4.9%.
But that is still lower than originally touted by the rail
It reduced its published rate of 5.9% - or an annual fare
of £4,860 - following a massive outcry.
Meanwhile, travellers buying an annual ticket from Tonbridge,
for example, will have to cough up £3,768, or an increase of
Southeastern spokesman Alison Nolan said at the time of the
announcement: "Of course we appreciate that no-one welcomes prices
"But it's important to say that season tickets are set by the
government and it's the government's policy to move more of the
cost of travelling by train to the passenger - and away from the
"This year they announced the average increase would be RPI plus
1% (4.2%). Successive governments have instructed train companies
every year to increase these regulated fares on average by more
Southeastern revised the fares, commuters form Canterbury faced one
of the biggest price hikes in the country.
Pressure group Passenger Focus argued the rail
companies were not showing any flexibility in their decisions
to increase fares.
Chief executive Anthony Smith said: "Passengers will feel this
pain. After years of above-inflation fare rises, fresh increases
are piling pressure on already high fares.
"The government and the rail industry must now work together to
deliver on the welcome promise to get fare rises in line with
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