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Bexley commuters to be hit by fare hike

PUBLISHED: 15:10 27 December 2012

Rail fares on Southeastern trains will rise by up to five per cent this new year, well above the rate of inflation.

The network, which covers trains going into London Bridge and London Cannon Street from stations in Bexley as well as out into Kent, said fares will increase by an average of 4.1 per cent.

People took to Twitter to express their feelings.

@bitoclass said: “The government should freeze fares as they did fuel duty but I’m sure this won’t happen.”

@Random_cat_toe added: “Robbery. Perhaps ask Southeastern why they are charging peak prices for an off peak service this week?

The rate of inflation was recorded as 2.7 per cent in November.

Southeastern — responsible for 540 miles of train-track and 179 stations in the south-east — blamed the increases on reduced government subsidy.

A spokesman for the train company said: “No one likes to see train fares rise. But there are only two sources of funding for the railways - the general taxpayer and the fare payer.

“The government decides how much regulated tickets should rise each year.”

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