Tackling train fares: The toll of the Tube

With train fares in London at an all-time high, it’s not surprising that some commuters are desperate to find ways to skip the eye-watering expense of a season ticket.

One man who was alleged to have dodged train fares to London worth around £43,000 avoided prosecution by making an out-of-court settlement.

By finding a loop in the Oyster card system on his journey from East Sussex to London Bridge, he managed to pay £7.20 per journey over a period of five years.

In January, the highly controversial 2.8% increase came into effect, pushing the cost of some commuter travel to more than £5,000 a year.

Some regulated tickets, including season tickets, anytime and off-peak tickets, have risen on average by 3.1%.

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The increase pushes the cost of some annual season tickets to more than £5,000 a year.

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond told the BBC: “Fares are rising but at the lowest they’ve ever done in the last decade and that’s because this government recognises the concerns that people have about rail fares.

“Also this government is investing £16bn in the maintenance and upgrade of our railways over the next five years to ensure that there will be benefits for passengers like extra capacity.

Found on the Underground interviewed Emily, a student who has to commute to her college campus around three times a week. You can listen to it here.

Photo: Aurelien Guichard

Photo: Aurelien Guichard

By Roisin O’Connor

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