Sheffield commuters blast rail fare rises

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FED-Up commuters in Sheffield have branded inflation-busting rail fare rises ‘ridiculous’ as many return to work today.

Passengers faced steep hikes on tickets at the city’s railway station this morning, with the average increase said to be six per cent, although many bought season passes before prices changed on Monday.

A 12-month season ticket from Sheffield to Leeds will now cost £2,148, up by £120, said Passenger Focus.

Ann Pittard, of Ranmoor, was facing the price increase for that journey.

She said: “It does seem rises are very high in relation in inflation.

“There are already a lot of people in Sheffield for who the railway is out of reach because they can’t afford it, and the service isn’t great.”

IT technician Jonathan White pays £15.70 a week to travel from Doncaster with a young person’s railcard.

He said: “The prices are going up and up, it’s only going to continue.

“It’s getting ridiculous now.”

See tomorrow’s Star for the full story and reaction.

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