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Rail passengers to face 3.6% increase in ticket prices from January 2018

The increase is the biggest leap in rail fares in five years

Rail passengers will have to dig deeper into their pockets come January after it was revealed fares will increase in the new year.

Fares are to rise by up to 3.6% in 2018, the biggest leap in five years.

As the Daily Mirror reports , commuters and passengers will feel the pain even as nurses and teachers have their wage rises frozen at 1% for yet another year.

The government links the annual January rise in Britain's regulated fares with the previous July's Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation.

That rate, revealed this morning, was 3.6%.

Regulated fares make up almost half of all tickets and include season tickets and standard returns.

It will add up to £150 to the cost of a yearly Brighton to London season ticket, which already costs £4,184.

The trip to Liverpool to Manchester costs £3,044 for a year, so could rise by £109.

Worcester to Birmingham, currently priced at £1,348, would rise by £48.

Labour called for the rise to be linked to the lower rate of CPI inflation, which stayed unchanged at 2.6%, and for the railways to be nationalised.

Transport Salaried Staffs Association leader Manuel Cortes said: "Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask when he robbed his passengers.

"Today train companies, with the government's blessing, hide behind the Retail Price Index as a method of legitimately fleecing more money from hard-pressed passengers at the start of each new year."

West Londoners travelling outside the capital by train will have to dig deeper into their pockets come January 2018(Image: Handout)

Mick Whelan, general secretary of train drivers' union Aslef, added: "After years of austerity, when workers have not achieved pay increases for years at or around inflation, it is unfair that the industry they subsidise creates transport poverty and hurts the communities and industries that they should be supporting."

How rail fares have soared over 10 years

Here is a list of the average change in regulated rail fares in Britain for each of the past 10 years.

The figures are based on data from the Office of Rail and Road.

In each case the change took effect in January.

2008: up 5.1%

2009: up 6%

2010: down 0.4%

2011: up 6.4%

2012: up 6.2%

2013: up 4.2%

2014: up 3%

2015: up 2.4%

2016: up 0.8%

2017: up 1.9%

2018: up 3.6%

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