Britain's rail passengers face 1.6% January fare rise despite Covid-19 crisis

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UK government had been urged to abolish policy of annual increase, with passenger numbers falling

Rail fares are set to rise by another 1.6% in January, adding about £100 to the cost of many annual season tickets after an unexpected jump in inflation last month.

The passenger watchdog, campaigners and unions have all called on the UK government to abolish the policy of annual fare rises at a time when passenger numbers on the railway have plummeted because of the coronavirus.

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