Rail fares to rise by up to 6.7 per cent

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INFLATION busting fare rises have been announced by rail firms - with ticket prices increasing by as much as 6.7 per cent.

The Association of Train Operating Companies has revealed the hike, coming into force from January 2, will be an average of 5.9 per cent, compared with the 5.2 per cent rate of inflation.

But a spokeswoman for South Yorkshire’s biggest operator, Northern, said: “Our fares will rise by an average of 6.7 per cent.

“This is the equivalent of around 20-30p per single journey and will help meet the costs of providing our services and go towards funding further improvements for our customers.”

East Midlands Trains, which runs Sheffield to London services plus services from Sheffield to Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham, said its increase would be an average of 5.7 per cent.