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What should we make of the rail fare rises? It’s complicated

Some outrage is justified—but make sure it hits the right target

By Christian Wolmar  

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

We are in the midst of one of the all too frequent bouts of outrage about rail fares—with all the usual oversimplification of a complex issue. This happens in a cycle, first with the announcement in August of the rate of inflation on which the formula for rises is based, then the December confirmation of the precise nature of the increases and finally the introduction of the new fares in the first week in January.

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