Hard-up commuters face higher train fares – WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Northern Rail's fares have risen by an average of 4.8 per cent.
Northern Rail's fares have risen by an average of 4.8 per cent.

High Peak commuters are being hit in the pocket after inflation-busting train price hikes came into effect yesterday (Wednesday).

The cost of an annual season ticket from Buxton to Manchester has soared from £2,584 to £2,692 while a seven-day season ticket has risen from £64.60 to £67.30.

A peak return between the two stations is now £15.40, up from £14.80, and an off-peak return has jumped from £9.20 to £9.60.

A Northern Rail spokesman said: “We understand that these are difficult financial times for our customers, which is why we will continue to work with the Government and the wider rail industry to drive down the cost of running the railway to provide better long-term value for money for passengers and taxpayers.”

The spokesman added that the price hikes will help pay for improvements to stations, trains and services.

Overall, ticket prices have gone up by 3.9 per cent in England, Scotland and Wales.

The annual price hike was announced by the Government in August.

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