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Rail passengers in Norfolk and Suffolk to be hit by fare rises hike

PUBLISHED: 07:56 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:48 05 December 2017

The 26-30 railcard was lauched today in East Anglia. (Picture: Sonya Duncan)

The 26-30 railcard was lauched today in East Anglia. (Picture: Sonya Duncan)

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Rail passengers in the region are set to be hit in the pocket following the largest fares hike in five years next month.

Average ticket prices across Britain will go up by 3.4pc on January 2, industry body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said.

It is the sharpest rise since 2013, when fares increased by 3.9pc.

Passenger watchdog Transport Focus compared the news to “a chill wind” blowing down platforms as many passengers’ incomes are stagnating or falling.

Chief executive Anthony Smith said: “While substantial, welcome investment in new trains and improved track and signals is continuing, passengers are still seeing the basic promises made by the rail industry broken on too many days.”

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