Commuters face 36p single train fare hike

Ticket to ride at Spalding station - East Midlands Trains fare increase is less than expected.

Ticket to ride at Spalding station - East Midlands Trains fare increase is less than expected.

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Commuters from Spalding are paying an average 36p more for a single journey following new year fare increases.

East Midlands Trains, which operates the service to Peterborough, has confirmed the average increase across all of its fares is 2.6 per cent.

This is less than the increase of 3.1 per cent announced by Chancellor George Osbourne last month.

However, this has done little to appease those who use the line. Alex Hill (16) travels to Spalding to visit his girlfriend, Emma Brooker.

He said: “I think these price rises are just wrong.

“I thought I was getting a lift back so didn’t book a return before the rise.

“Before the rise I could only afford to travel if I booked in advance because I’m classed as an adult, even though I can’t vote or drink alcohol in the pub.”

As well as paying for the running of the day-to-day rail network, East Midlands Trains said fares are helping fund a massive programme of investment. These include:

l a new timetable launched this month, marking the start of faster journey times to London from the East Midlands.

l a £70 million investment programme being delivered by Network Rail in partnership with East Midlands Trains to upgrade of almost 160 miles of track.

l completion of a £30 million investment programme to refurbish every train in the fleet

Commuters continuing their journey to London will welcome the news East Coast Trains has frozen more than half of its fares. This includes all First Anytime fares, Standard Anytime fares to London and most Advance fares.

Karen Boswell, East Coast managing director, said: “We’re freezing fares to help our customers and encourage more people to travel with us.”

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