Tickets '10 times more than Europe'

TicketsUK rail commuters, facing further season ticket rises in January 2013, are already paying far more for their journeys than travellers in Europe.

Some UK tickets are almost 10 times the price of those on the continent, according to figures from the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).
Produced last December before the January 2012 average fare rise of 6%, the figures showed the price of a 2011 season ticket from Woking in Surrey to London, including Tube travel in the capital, was £3,268.

Yet a similar 22-mile journey from Velletri to Rome cost Italian season ticket holders £336.17, said the CBT report.

Similar journeys of around 21-24 miles in other European countries revealed that rail travellers on the continent had much better fare deals than those in the UK.

According to the CBT figures, which included the equivalent of multi-modal travel tickets on each city's underground systems, an annual season for the 24-mile journey from Ballancourt-sur-Essonne to Paris cost £924.66.

The cost of a season ticket on the 21-mile Strausberg to Berlin route was £705.85, while the 22-mile Collado-Villalba to Madrid journey cost Spanish season ticket holders £653.74.

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