Passengers pay more for trains in the UK than in Europe

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Some UK rail commuters are paying almost ten times more for their season tickets than their European counterparts, according to new figures from the Campaign for Better Transport.

They say the price of a 2011 season ticket from Woking, Surrey, to London (including Underground travel in the capital) is over £3,000 but a similar journey into Rome costs season ticket holders there just £330.

Their report comes as passengers face an average fare rise of 6% in the first week of January 2012.

Anthony Smith from Passenger Focus told Radio 5 live Morning Reports that this cast a "harsh spotlight on the cost of running the railways" in the UK.

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