Commuter rail fares frozen in real terms for Brighton and Hove commuters

Posted On 07 Sep 2014 at 1:10 pm

Rail fares for Brighton and Hove commuters will be frozen in real terms, the Chancellor George Osborne said today (Sunday 7 September).

Mr Osborne said that the government as freezing fares in real terms for the second year running.

In previous years – under the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition as well as the previous Labour government – train fares rose more quickly than the rate of inflation.

But this year fares will be capped at the same rate as the Retail Prices Index (RPI) in July – 2.5 per cent.

Without the government’s change of heart, fares would have risen by up to 3.5 per cent – RPI plus 1 per cent.

Labour said that the decision had been made because there would be a general election next year.

The party said that regulated fares such as season tickets had risen 20 per cent since the last election in 2010.

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