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Rail fares hike: travelling to London is about to get expensive

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RAIL company Southeastern has announced plans to freeze its fares for passengers but regulated rail fares from Whitstable and Herne Bay to London are expected to rise in 2015.

It comes as the rail company announced fares for more than million off-peak journeys in 2015 will drop for passengers in Kent and East Sussex.

Southeastern introduce an increase of 2.5%, above average, which stands on 2.2%. The change means an annual season ticket, which currently stands on £5,132, will rise by £128 to £5,260.

Super off-peak fares have been frozen.

The only good news for travellers is that lower prices will be offered on the Southeastern website.

The company will also make the special fares available on more routes, including Britain’s only high speed service, which runs from Kent into London.

The announcement comes after the Chancellor revealed that regulated rail fares for 2015 will increase by 2.5%.

David Statham, managing director of Southeastern, said: “We know that customers want more value for money and an improvement to their service – and we’re committed to providing just that.

“More than 250,000 people rely on our trains for their journeys every day and we’re investing fares directly in schemes that will make those journeys easier for our passengers. These include extra seats on some services, providing more staff to help passengers at stations and on trains, refreshing the look of our fleet of trains and improving stations right across our network.”

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