Steep fare rise for rail commuters

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RAIL commuters in South Yorkshire are facing increased costs from today following steep fare rises.

Ticket prices are increasing by an average of almost six per cent as rail firms’ annual fare rise comes into effect.

The average increase includes regulated fares, such as season tickets and travel at peak times when trains are busiest.

The cost of regulated fares is fixed by the Government, but unregulated fares can be raised to any level.

A 12-month season ticket from Sheffield to London will now cost £9,780 - while an annual pass from Sheffield to Manchester will cost £3,272.

Rail customer watchdog Passenger Focus has highlighted higher-than-average rises on some routes around the country, picking out hikes of more than nine per cent for some off-peak returns.

But the watchdog said it felt unregulated fares had not been affected the same way as in previous years.