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Campaigners urge government to cancel fare rises

THE government should cancel January’s rail fare rise, according to the Campaign for Better Transport.

The Retail Price Index for July is set to be announced on 1 August, and if the existing formula is applied it will determine the extent of the New Year changes for regulated fares, which include season tickets.

CBT chief executive Darren Shirley said: ‘Millions of people around the country are starting to plan their return to work and a rail fare rise in January is the last thing they need. Raising rail fares when people are already staying away from the railway will further damage the economy and the environment at a time when we need to be investing in a green sustainable transport-led recovery. The Government should hold fares at the current level and prioritise the introduction of flexible season tickets for the millions of people who will be working and commuting part time in January.’

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