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Railways, England

Lib Dems rebel against size of train fare hikes

Lee Baker

Backbench Liberal Democrats have urged the Chancellor to provide the funds to cap train fare increases due in January.

The co-chair of the Lib Dem parliamentary committee on transport, Julian Huppert, said that Labour's 66% increase in cash terms in rail fares between 1997 and 2010 had left Britain with "the most expensive railway network in Europe".

While he said that it was right that the coalition was "investing more in our railways than any Government since the Victorian era," he said "we...

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