Cost of train tickets to jump by 3.5 per cent in Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar

The price of train tickets is set to jump 3.5 per cent in January

The price of train tickets is set to jump 3.5 per cent in January - Credit: Archant

Commuters will be stung with an annual rail season ticket hike of up to £106 in Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar.

It was announced last week that regulated fairs – which includes season tickets and anytime tickets – will increase by 3.5 per cent.

Rail users are unimpressed with the swelling price of travel and have labelled the jump “disgusting”.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times asked them what they thought of the hike, and you can see a selection of their dismayed Tweets below.

The increase means that a season tickets from WGC to London King’s Cross will now cost £2,778 in 2015, up £94 from this year.

Hatfield to London commuters will be clobbered with an increase of £88 to £2,888, and Potters Bar’s rail users will have to fork out an extra £69.

Rail companies have no control over the increase, which is decided by the Government and set by July’s RPI measure of inflation.

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Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) which represents the railway industry, said: “For a decade, successive governments have regulated commuter fares so as to increase the share of rail’s costs paid by passengers rather than taxpayers.

“Our commitment is to enable future government fares decisions which work best for passengers, by continuing to get more out of every pound we spend and encouraging more train travel to pay for services and improvements.”

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