COMMUTERS across Stafford, Stone and Rugeley are set to face hikes in rail fares from January next year.
Regulated rail prices will rise by around 3.5 per cent, which could leave some travellers struggling to cover their costs.
It follows an increase in July’s inflation figures. Fares are due to go up according to that measure, plus one per cent. The Retail Price Index inflation was 2.5 per cent last month.
Regulated fares include season tickets, anytime single tickets around cities and off-peak inter-city return tickets.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “We fully recognise there’s more to do to bring down the cost of rail travel in Britain. But we need to do it responsibly and we can’t spend money we don’t have.”
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