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Season tickets for commuters to rise by more than £50 a year

PUBLISHED: 15:12 03 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:12 03 January 2014

Commuters buy train tickets at Victoria station (John Stillwell/PA Wire)

Commuters buy train tickets at Victoria station (John Stillwell/PA Wire)

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Bexley commuters will see an increase of more than £50 in the cost of their season tickets to London later this month when train fare increases are implemented across the capital.

From January 19, a 12 month standard ticket from Bexley to London stations on the Metro Service will increase from £1,800 to £1,852, and does not include underground travel.

Most prices changes across the country began yesterday (January 2), but fares for journeys wholly within London will change on January 19.

Southeastern have increased all of their ticket prices by an average of 2.8 percent, lower than the government’s stipulated average increase of 3.1 per cent.

A spokesperson for Southeastern said: “We appreciate that nobody likes to pay more for their travel, however there are only two sources of funding for the operation of the railway – Government subsidy and the passenger.

“Since 2002 it has been government policy to shift the balance of the cost of running the railway from the taxpayer to the passenger and therefore the government requires train operators to increase fares each year.

“Nationally, around £24billion will be invested in improving rail services over the next five years. Passengers will see the complete rebuild of London Bridge station as part of the £6.5billion Thameslink Programme and locally in Kent, we will continue to see more investment in stations, track and signaling which will allow us to continue to provide an improved service for our customers.”

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