East Midlands Trains to increase fares by 5.6%

East Midlands Trains (EMT) is raising its fares by 5.6% in the new year - an average of 66p per journey.

The average increase in rail ticket prices across the UK will be 6.2%, the Association of Train Operating Companies said.

Gerry Doherty, leader of the TSSA rail union, said the national rise was "simply outrageous".

EMT said its customers would also benefit from a £40m programme of station and train fleet investments.

Price cap

Regulated fares are tied to an annual price cap formula, meaning fares can increase each January only by the previous July's RPI inflation rate plus 1%. This means a 5.8% average rise for 2011.

However, companies are able to put up some fares by more than 5% as long as other fares decrease at the same rate.

Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, said: "We recognise that times continue to be tough for our customers.

"Our new fare levels from January reflect our commitment to offering a range of value ticket prices to our customers."

Mr Doherty said: "It is simply outrageous that hard-pressed commuters are being forced to pay fare hikes of up to 10% when they are themselves facing pay freezes and job cuts.

"Passengers will regard that as a sick joke seeing as we have the most expensive and overcrowded railway in Europe."

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