Commuters urged to show fares anger
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The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) is inviting rail travellers to contact the Treasury by tweets, text messages or phone calls so they can show Chancellor George Osborne their anger at the increases.
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From Monday, regulated fares, which include season tickets, have risen by an average of 6%, but some commuters are paying as much as 10.6% more for their annual tickets than they did in January 2011.
The CBT is joining the TSSA transport union in a demonstration against the fare rises outside St Pancras station in London.
The Government has scrapped its original plan to raise regulated fares by the RPI inflation rate plus 3%, so that the January 2012 increase is limited to RPI plus 1%. But ministers still plan to bring in RPI plus 3% rises in January 2013 and January 2014.
CBT public transport campaigner Sophie Allain said: "When the cost of season tickets is so much higher than other European capitals, the Government's fare rises are starting to affect the UK's competitiveness.
"That's why if the Government is serious about promoting economic growth, it must also look at reducing planned fare rises in 2013 and 2014 as part of a policy to cut fares and make public transport truly affordable."
London Underground and London bus fares have risen by an average of 5.6% this January - a lower-than-planned figure following a Government cash injection of £136 million.
The Government, train companies and London Mayor Boris Johnson are all adamant that fare rises are necessary to sustain much-needed investment in the Tube and main line railway, which includes projects such as Crossrail and Thameslink.
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