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Sussex commuters stage rail fare protest in Brighton

Passengers using a rail ticket machine
Image caption Commuters in the South East have been hit by some of the country's highest fare rises

Commuters have gathered in Brighton to protest at rail fare increases they have described as "outrageous".

The campaigners said they were urging the government to make rail fares more affordable.

The protest, organised by the Campaign for Better Transport, is taking place from 0700 to 0900 GMT in Preston Park.

Commuters in the South East have been hit by some of the country's highest fare rises, with some season tickets going up by almost 13%.

'Increased emissions'

One of the protesters, Paul Philo, said: "There is a great deal of anger in the area among the many commuters about the well-over-inflation rises in season and other tickets.

"These rises will force more people into using their cars with subsequent increased emissions, pollution and road congestion."

The campaign is also being backed by Keith Taylor, the Green Party MEP for the South East, who described the recent fare increases as "outrageous".

Rail bosses have said the rises were part of a government policy to make rail passengers pay a greater share of the cost than taxpayers.

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