Train prices set to rise

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COMMUTERS travelling from Hastings to London have been hit by the fourth biggest fare increase in the country.

The Observer revealed back in November that season tickets between 1066 Country and the capital were increasing by 7.8 per cent.

And the new prices kicked in this week, with an annual ticket jumping from £3,840 to a bumper £4,152.

An anytime day return to London now costs a whopping £50.60, while the monthly rate now sits at almost £400 (£398.60).

Operator Southeastern has been criticised for the hike - particular with journey times to London still sitting at more than one-and-a-half hours.

And, in another blow to rail users, Rail Gourmet, which provides the refreshment trolleys on the trains, was forced to make a string of redundancies after having a subsidy withdrawn from Southeastern.

As many as 16 people have lost their jobs - but despite Hastings losing its trolleys, similar workers on the nearby Ashford line escaped the axe.

Rail Gourmet staff had previously been praised for helping passengers during the heavy snowfall - including one worker on a Hastings train who collected melted snow so he could make stranded passengers a cup of tea.