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King’s Lynn commuters face rise in rail fares

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The new year has not got off to a great start for commuters who are facing increased rail fares.

First Capital Connect will introduce a 3.1 per cent increase in its regulated fares and season tickets from Thursday.

It means commuters will be forking out £133.50 for a weekly season ticket, which does not include the tube, to travel between Lynn and King’s Cross.

The company has also increased the cost of parking at its stations. It now costs £5.30 to park during week days at the station and a yearly season ticket is £823.

Price rises were announced by the chancellor, George Osborne, during the autumn statement on December 5.

Chairman of the Fen Line Users’ Group, Colin Sampson, said Lynn has received lower increases than other places.

He added: “It is regrettable but that is the Government.

“Most people are going to have to grin and bear it.”

Protests against the price increases were held across the East of England yesterday with action being held in Peterborough, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich.

First Capital Connect has frozen off-peak weekend and bank holiday tickets for the third year in a row.

Managing Director David Statham said: “We’re determined to give our passengers better value for money so all our fares – regulated and unregulated – will increase on average by only 2.9 per cent and in no case by more than 3.1 per cent on January 2 – the rate of inflation used in the Government’s fares calculations.”

 

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