Rising rail costs have been passed off onto London commuters from southern England, a change nominally linked to inflation but starkly contested by the government. With rate increases of nearly 4.2% across the board, and higher in many lines, passengers can only be thankful that intervention has prevented the rates from going higher.
Commuters from Kent will bear the brunt of the new year rail fare rises, with some season tickets rising almost 6.5%.
Many southern England travellers commuting into London will face January rises close to the capped national average of 4.2% but season tickets for commuters from the stations of Ramsgate, Dover Priory and Deal will go up 6.46% to £4,940 on January 2.
A season ticket to London from another Kent town, Folkestone, goes up 5.98% to £4,888, while a Canterbury-London season rises 5.93% to £4,860. Commuters buying season tickets from Tonbridge in Kent to London will have to fork out £3,796 from January - a 5.2% rise.