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Rail fares rising twice as fast as wages: five quick ways to cut the cost of rail tickets

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Azuma train operated by LNER at York railway station
New trains will be accompanied by higher fares for rail travellers Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Commuters have endured a decade of rail fare misery with further pain to come, as new figures show train tickets have risen in price twice as fast as wages.

The average ticket price has increased by 46pc since 2009, according to analysis by the Trades Union Congress. Average wages have grown by 23pc in the same period.

A further 2.8pc increase in rail fares will take effect from January 2020, it has been announced. 

A monthly season ticket between Brighton and London is expected to rise to £4,580 a year while a commuter between Liverpool and Manchester will face annual fares of £2,421.

London workers travelling from their homes in Loughborough or Nottingham will see their annual fares break through...

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