Train operator announces 4 per cent fares hike

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RAIL commuters in Harborough face an average 4 per cent increase in fares from January 2, East Midlands Trains revealed today (December 6).

The cost of a single journey will rise by an average of 52p, said the operator.

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Managing director of the train firm, David Horne, said: “Railway funding can only come from the taxpayer or from the passenger. The government’s policy remains that a bigger share must come from people who use the train.

“We know that nobody likes paying more for their travel, especially to get to work. That’s why we are working hard with the rest of the rail industry to make the system more cost-efficient and help take the pressure off future fare rises.

“At the same time, we are investing in our trains and stations to deliver a better railway for our customers.”

Passengers can check the new price of their usual ticket or any other fare at or through National Rail Enquiries.

For more information on 2013 fares including how to get the best value deals, passengers can also visit The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) website.