Commuters face another rail fare hike in tickets

COMMUTERS face another hike in their train fares up to London in the New Year but the increase will be below the national average.

Passengers who use annual season tickets up to the capital are expected to see their yearly fare rise by around £150.

Currently an annual ticket is £4,152 via Haywards Heath. From January 2 it will rise to £4,304. The increase is a 3.7 per cent hike, below the average increase of 4.2 per cent across the network.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd met with Charles Horton, managing director of Southeastern, last month to campaign for the lowest fare increases possible for Hastings commuters. She said: “After difficult negotiations we can be grateful that we have a below average fare increase in Hastings and St Leonards.”

Alison Nolan, Southeastern spokeswoman, said: “Successive governments have instructed train companies every year to increase these regulated fares on average by more than inflation.

“In doing so, ministers have been seeking to cut the contribution from taxpayers towards the running costs of the railway and increase the share that comes from passengers.”