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Train ticket prices expected to rise in Salford

The price of train tickets in Salford are expected to rise next year after the government released its July inflation report.

The Retail Price Index (RPI), a measure of inflation, has jumped to 1.9% which means the price of rail tickets will be affected nationwide.

Commuter groups and unions have complained as this expected hike will mean train fares have increased on average by 25% over the last six years.

Wages in that time however have only increased by 12% on average.

Inflation rose slightly to 0.6% – its highest level in 20 months- in the wake of the country’s Brexit vote.

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said about the inflation rise: “Although the small increase in the rate between June 2016 and July 2016 takes it to the highest seen since November 2014, it is still relatively low in the historic context.

“The main contributors to the increase in the rate were rising prices for motor fuels, alcoholic beverages and accommodation services, and a smaller fall in food prices than a year ago.

“These upward pressures were partially offset by falls in social housing rent, and falling prices for certain games and toys.”

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