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Train prices to rise by 3.4%

The average cost of a train ticket will rise by 3.4 per cent in January.

The price rise - the biggest since 2013 when fares increased by 3.9% - will come into effect on 2nd January, according to the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), as reported by Sky.

With average wages rising by 2.1 per cent in the UK, the price rises are set to put further financial pressure on commuters who rely on the trains for their journeys to work. And many passengers are still not getting a satisfactory services, with one in nine trains (12 per cent) failing to meet its punctuality target in the last year.

According to the passenger watchdog, Transport Focus, just 47% of passengers are currently satisfied with the price of train tickets.

The price of train travel in Gloucestershire is already very high, meaning it is not a viable option for many residents and businesses. An anytime single ticket from Cheltenham or Gloucester to London is £102, although prices are as low as £30.40 for an off-peak single. An anytime return ticket is £166.

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