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Rail Fare Hike 'A Kick In The Teeth', Says Farron

Plans to increase average rail fares across Britain by 3.4% next month have been slammed as "a kick in the teeth" for hard-working commuters by South Lakes MP Tim Farron.

The increase is the sharpest rise in five years and comes in just below the 3.6% which regulated fares - like season tickets - will go up by.

That was determined by July's Retail Prices Index measure of inflation. The industry insists only 3 pence in every pound you spend ends up as profit.

But the watchdog Transport Focus says the rise is like "a chill wind" blowing down platforms - as many passengers' incomes are stagnating or falling.

Commenting, South Lakes MP Tim Farron said: “Hard working commuters in the South Lakes are learning the news that they are facing yet another big hike on their travel costs.

“It really is a kick in the teeth to those who pay a great deal of their hard-earned money each year to get on a train, which is often running late, in poor condition, and overcrowded.

“The train staff do a wonderful job, but are being let down by the government who time and time again continue to starve rural areas like ours of badly needed investment.

“The Government could do more to help hard pressed fare-payers, but is simply choosing not to.”

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