Dengie commuters hit with 4% hike for yearly rail tickets

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Southminster railway station Southminster railway station

Commuters will see increases of more than four per cent for annual season tickets from Thursday.

Fares from Southminster, Burnham and Althorne to London Liverpool Street will rise by £160.

The biggest percentage increase in the Maldon district will be for passengers using Althorne station, where the cost will go up by 4.1 per cent from £3,872 to £4,032.

Price increases have been capped at the rate of inflation, which is 3.1 per cent, rather than the planned inflation plus 1 per cent.

But a spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which announced the new fares, said train companies are allowed to use small increases on some lines to offset larger increases.

That means a group’s average increase could still be 3.1 per cent.

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