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Be fair: it's HS2 that's put up the cost of train tickets

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Commuters are receiving their annual kick in the teeth

Beleaguered rail commuters are facing their annual kick in the teeth. Today you’ll find out how much more a ticket will cost next year. Inflation figures released today will be used by the rail industry to calculate January’s rises.

Consumer groups will be up in arms. Unions will once again hold this up as a banner of how private capital fails. There’ll be a steady stream of figureheads demanding change and saying enough is enough.

In one sense, it’s absolutely bonkers that train price increases are linked to the retail price index (RPI). This higher rate hasn’t been this country’s official measure for more than eight years. Not for the first time, the railways are open to criticism of being...

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