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Train fares rise by an average of 2.3%

INCREASE: Southern Rail

RAIL PASSENGERS are facing higher fares across the UK as average price increases of 2.3% are introduced on the first weekday of the new year.

The increase covers regulated fares, including season tickets, and unregulated, such as off-peak tickets.

Campaigners said the rise was a "kick in the teeth" for passengers after months of widespread strike disruption.

The government said it was delivering the biggest rail modernisation programme for more than a century.

The increase in fares came as a strike by conductors on Southern Rail entered its third day, as a long-running row about the role of guards on new trains continued.
The RMT union began the 72-hour walkout on New Year's Eve, while another strike is set for 9 January.

SOURCE: BBC

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