Ipswich: Severe rail delays as fares soar

FRUSTRATED rail passengers faced severe delays today, the same day as rail fares increase by around 6 per cent.

Over-running engineering works have once again caused major disruptions on all routes into London Liverpool Street.

Train operator National Express East Anglia warned of delays of up to 45 minutes.

A spokeswoman for NXEA said the disruption ceased to affect services at around 10.45am.

The delays, an all too familiar story for commuters returning to work after a Bank Holiday, come as rail fares have increased by an average of 5.9pc in East Anglia.

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The price hikes mean a season ticket from Ipswich to London has risen from �5,036 to �5,300, a rise of 5.2pc.

Neil Skinner, chairman of the Manningtree Rail Users’ Association, said of the big price rises: “People are so dissatisfied with the service generally that to be told to pay more is kicking them while they’re down.”

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The above-inflation increases are the result of a Government-set formula.

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