Published: August 18, 2013
Rail commuters in Burnham-On-Sea area face 4.1% fares hike

Rail commuters in the Burnham-On-Sea area will see fares rise by an average of 4.1 per cent next year - including the price of season tickets.

Regulated rail fares are expected to rise by an extra one per cent when they are announced in January.

Commuters who use Highbridge and Burnham Rail Station will face a steep increase in fares.

The Governement says the rise will fund investment in the rail network, but consumer group Passenger First has reacted angrily to the announcement.

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Passenger Focus, said: "Passengers will shrug wearily at the news that regulated fares in England are set to rise next January to an average of 4.1 per cent."

"Now passengers are the main funders of the railway it is crucial that, in return for this rise, more trains arrive on time, investment in future improvements continues and the basic promises the industry make are delivered."

"It is clearly in passengers' interests that some fares are regulated. However, the way that train companies are allowed so much flexibility to set fares on individual routes is unfair."

"Train companies cannot explain to an individual passenger why their fare has gone up by a certain amount. That is not transparent or fair."

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