A rail high rise

I have awaited the 2014 increase in train fares with some trepidation, but I did not expect a rise of 100 per cent.

As a semi-retired person, I supplement my finances with part-time work in London. I have a senior rail card and book all my tickets 12 weeks in advance.

But in the last week my £15.85 ticket from Carlisle went up to £30.05, a rise of nearly 100 per cent. So what happened to the average 3.5 per cent we all expected? This increase has hit me hard.

Mark Bishop