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Government defends above-inflation rail fare rise

Many rail commuters are expected to face rises of around 8% in their season tickets, as the latest inflation figures are revealed.

The formula for rail fare increases has generally been RPI inflation plus 1%, but for the next three years it is RPI plus 3% in England.

There are some exceptions to the formula. Scotrail is sticking to the RPI+1% formula and Merseyrail will use RPI+0%.

Rail minister Theresa Villiers said passengers were being asked to pay more so that the government could "deliver a massive programme of rail upgrades".