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UK Government say war on car is 'over'.


Rail commuters heading back to work this week face fares rises of up to 13 per cent (Pic: PA) Rail commuters heading back to work this week face fares rises of up to 13 per cent (Pic: PA)

Routes from Kent bore the brunt of the highest rises, while fares across the network rose on average 6.2 per cent – almost double inflation.

Coupled with increases on bus fares and on the London Underground, the new year got off to an expensive start for the majority of commuters.

A season ticket from Tonbridge to London will cost £586 more (12.7 per cent) from today, at £5,192.

Ashwin Kumar, of train user group Passenger Focus, said: ‘Some passengers won’t have any choice but to catch the train and for these passengers the railway won’t seem very fair or good value for money.’

But a spokesman for the Association of Train Operating Companies said even with the increases, fares cover only half the cost of running the railways.

He added: ‘We know times are tough for many people but these increases will ensure that Britain can continue investing in its railways.’

On the day train fares soared, communities secretary Eric Pickles announced the end of the ‘war on motorists’.

On Monday, Mr Pickles scrapped a national policy under Labour ‘restricting residential parking spaces and instructing councils to push up charges’.

The changes will mean town halls will no longer be forced to limit the number of parking spaces when new homes are built, for environmental reasons, or be forced to charge excessive parking fees, which have damaged many high streets.

In London, the western extension of the congestion charge zone has been removed.

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/851645-rail-fares-up-by-13-but-government-claims-war-on-motorists-over#ixzz1A3CYRHyn
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