NOT a Happy New Year for train passengers in Fleet
By Lou_101 | Monday, January 02, 2012, 14:30
2012 isn't starting happily for already hard-pressed train passengers in Fleet who are facing above inflation rail fare increases, which start today (January 2nd).
Fleet rail fares rise above inflation
It certainly isn't a Happy New Year for passengers using Fleet station
Weekday train fares between Fleet and Farnborough have gone up by a staggering 8.3 per cent.
The local increases are among many hefty fare hikes across northeast Hampshire and west Surrey, announced by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).
The 8.3 per cent hike between Fleet and Farnborough applies to an adult single ticket bought before 8am - pushing the cost from £2.40 to £2.60.
It is the highest increase for a single ticket in the ATOC price rises.
Season tickets between Fleet and London are also rising - by 5.7 per cent.
And a single journey between Fleet and London will now cost 5.6 per cent more.
ATOC says the money raised from the higher fares will help to pay for new trains, faster services and better stations.
But passenger representatives say UK fares are already the highest in Europe and Recession-hit commuters simply cannot afford to pay any more.
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