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Rail commuters have been hit with another hike in fares following the festive break.

Rail commuters have been hit with another hike in fares following the festive break.

Train users returning to work this week have noticed the price of their tickets chugging higher, with some fares up 3.3 per cent.

But they have not gone up by as much as last year when the biggest rise on our routes was 4.4 per cent.

A Northern Rail anytime day return ticket between Worksop has gone up by 3.3 percent from £6.10 last year to £6.30 now.

While a seven day season ticket between Sheffield and Lincoln now costs £2 more - 3.1 per cent more than last year’s weekly fare.

The Government and train operators say the extra money will pay for multi-billion pound improvements across the network, from electrifying lines to brand new stations and trains.

But do the fares represent value for money on our local routes?

Passengers waiting for the 8.14am train from Worksop to Sheffield on Wednesday didn’t think so.

The train was delated by 10 minutes - something which happens too often, they said.

“I travel from Worksop to Sheffield every day for work and I get a weekly season ticket which now costs £25.20,” said one anonymous commuter.

“Fares have been creeping up. It would be easier to swallow if we saw improvements on the trains.”

“The carriages we get on this line are like cattle trucks.”

A Northern Rail spokesman said its investment in electrifying routes across the north of England would lead to newer trains and faster journey times.

“We will continue to work with the Government and the wider rail industry to drive down the cost of running the railway to provide better long-term value for money for passengers and taxpayers,” they said.

 

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