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Rail fares in UK going up much faster than wages

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Rail fares in Britain have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the last five years, according to a report from the TUC and rail unions.

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The report says that between 2010 and 2015 fares increased by 25%, compared to the average wages which only increased by 9%.

Analysis conducted by Action for Rail at the time of the most recent fare rise in January 2015 found that commuters on the UK's privatized railways could be spending more than twice as much of their salary on rail travel than passengers on publicly-owned railways in France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

In January 2016 British passengers will be asked to pay out even more for their rail fares.

ince British railways were privatized in mid-1990s ticket prices have skyrocketed, with much of the rise happening through so-called "stealth increases" as figures released by the Office for Rail and Road (ORR) last June revealed.

Between 1995 and 2015 fares rose across all ticket types by an average of 117.2 percent.

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