Published: December 27, 2011
Train fares set to rise for Burnham and Highbridge rail station users

Train fares or travellers using Burnham and Highbridge Railway Station are set to rise next week.

First Great Western has announced an increase in all its ticket prices from January 2nd.

Burnham to London Paddington fares will rise by over five per cent. Offpeak returns rise from £80 to £84.50 while anytime return tickets increase from £199 to £210.

Burnham to Cardiff tickets will rise by six per cent, with offpeak returns rising from £24.10 to £25.70.

The rises come after the government recently capped fare rises at the current rate of interest plus one per cent, meaning the maximum rises should be six per cent.

Passenger Focus Chief Executive Anthony Smith said: "Passengers will be relieved that the Government has capped the fares formula at RPI plus one."

"However, this has still led to average 6 per cent rises, which will not be reflected in most people’s pay."

"The spotlight will really be on train operating companies and Network Rail to deliver on their promises about performance and overcrowding. Us passengers are paying our fair share and we want and deserve better."

Mark Hopwood, First Great Western's Managing Director, responded: "We recognise the challenges the current economic climate brings, and we have worked hard to limit the impact of fares changes on customers. Many fares across our network won’t rise at all, and those that do - whether regulated or unregulated - will not rise above the formula set by government."

"With the average cost of running a car soaring by 12 per cent in the past year, we hope our decision will encourage even more people to recognise the value that train travel offers."

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