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Rail fares to rise by 2.3% across Lincolnshire

Rail fares to rise by 2.3% across Lincolnshire

Fares for rail passengers across Lincolnshire will rise by up to 2.5% from January 2, 2017, industry leaders have confirmed.

The fare rise will apply to season tickets but unregulated fares, such as off-peak tickets, can go up by as much as train companies choose.

A brazen move, considering the poor level of service passengers receive, but one that was wholly expected.

"Around 97p in every pound passengers pay goes back into running and improving services".

He went on: " This money helps government to support the biggest investment in our railway since Victorian times".

Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, called the announcement "another kick in the teeth for British passengers" adding that travellers in the United Kingdom paid some of the highest fares in Europe "to travel on rammed out and unreliable trains".

'Once again the rip-off private train companies are laughing all the way to the bank as they whack up fares and axe staff in all-out dash to maximise their profits.

The increases cover fares in England, Scotland and Wales.

Fares previously went up 1.1pc this year, 2.2pc in January 2015 and 2.8pc in January 2014.

Customers claiming against quarterly, monthly or weekly tickets must have bought travel for at least 12 weeks between April 24 and December 31 to be eligible.

Rail minister Paul Maynard said: "Getting Southern rail services back on track is a priority for the Government and I know that what passengers want most is a reliable service".

More than 84,000 people with season tickets will be compensated for the delays, disruption and strikes on the company's routes.

A more generous delay repay scheme is also set to be introduced, allowing passengers to claim 25 per cent of the cost of the single fare for delays between 15 and 29 minutes.

But Southern passengers will benefit from a one-off compensation payment after enduring months of travel misery due to a stand off between bosses and the Rail, Maritime and Trasnsport (RMT) union.