UK rail fares will rise by 3.4% in January, the largest increase for five years, due to rising inflation since the Brexit vote.
The cost of annual season tickets on some commuter trains has now risen above £5000, for example, Crowhurst in East Sussex to St. Pancras is now £5,130.
Other popular commuter routes are seeing increases of over £100:
- Woking to London - £3,248 - £112 increase
- Brighton to London - £4,332 - £148 increase
- Liverpool to Manchester - £3,152 - £108 increase
- Maidenhead to London - £3,092 - £104 increase
- The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to freeze fares to help hard-pressed commuters.
Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake commented:
"Hard-pressed commuters are being stung with Brexit rail fare hikes as a result of soaring inflation.
“Rail passengers in Britain should not have to pay the price for government incompetence in Brussels.
“It’s time the government froze fares to help people struggling with rising costs and lower wages.
“Commuters waiting in the cold on the platform in January deserve better than paying through the nose for unreliable, overcrowded trains.”