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http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/dec/23/rail-fares-commuters-rise-season-ticket

More rail commuters will be catapulted into the £5,000-a-year season ticket bracket, after the fare rises for 2014 were revealed.

Increases of 3.4% take those travelling to London from Dover Priory and Deal in Kent past £5,000. And commuters from Basingstoke in Hampshire will have to pay about £4,000 following a 2.93% increase on their season tickets to and from London.

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The shadow transport secretary, Mary Creagh, said: "It's completely unacceptable that passengers have had to wait until two days before Christmas to find out how much their season tickets will cost in the new year. People deserve timely information to budget effectively.

"Rail fares have risen 20% under this government. David Cameron is doing nothing to tackle the cost-of-living crisis. Labour would remove the flex and put a tough cap on rail fares."

And how much did they increase under Labour? Could people "afford" the increases then before the cost of living crisis?

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And how much did they increase under Labour? Could people "afford" the increases then before the cost of living crisis?

Seems to be no end of examples of essentials (food, energy, transport) rising in price by large amounts whilst TPTB and the compliant mainstream media feed the public a line of BS about 'low inflation'.

How much longer will people be fooled? I suspect even the most unquestioning pleb is noticing how their wallet is being squeezed by now.

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This is good for HPC though ive said before the only way under the current status quo to achieve a hpc is forced sales if its not gonna happen through interest rates rising, then putting household budgets under extreme pressure through everyday inflation in essentials is the next best thing.

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Im losing my job in january bit it was becoming questionable wether it was viable anyway with fuel costs for commuting taking up 1/6th of take home pay.

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.....what next?....can't afford to get to work, or can't afford to apply for that job? ;)

Indeed. There was a conversation on here a few weeks ago about someone who couldn't justify working in London for a £55k salary, and that has got to become more widespread.

It is not only people with long commutes that pay massive money either. My 15 minute commute from zone 6 to zone 1 will be pushing £2k next year without tube access.

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in the days of yore, the train fare, and its mortgaged multiple, was the extra cost of housing in London.

In other words, people in the same job in the same office in London could decide...cheaper house in the sticks or expensive house in London without the travel costs.

Then came London Weighting to distort London prices even more....and all the rest followed...London Streets really are paved in Debt.

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This is good for HPC though ive said before the only way under the current status quo to achieve a hpc is forced sales if its not gonna happen through interest rates rising, then putting household budgets under extreme pressure through everyday inflation in essentials is the next best thing.

Yep, 'essentials' hoovering up cash - deflation in everything else - including houseprices, eventually

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.....what next?....can't afford to get to work, or can't afford to apply for that job? ;)

I expect the current govt will explain it away as a problem with demand, commuters need access to credit to continue commuting. Wonga kiosks will open up in tandem with ticket offices for access to flexible commuter credit.

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Surely they could come up with a Help To Travel scheme where the taxpayer gives the poor commuters into London free money, also a good vote winner ... or is free money just for buying £600,000 houses?

The have - free travel on bus + tube for OAPS.

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.....what next?....can't afford to get to work, or can't afford to apply for that job? ;)

We've got Help to Buy.

Why not 'help to travel'?

Govt provides a low interest loan so you can get out of your low interest financed shoebox. All they request is your being indentured for eternity.

This cameron-keynesian policy has worked oh so well with housing, afterall, why not extend it to transport, food, education (oh, we already got education with top up on top of top up fees)

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