Train fares on the rise for East Sussex

TRAIN fares will rise again in the New Year for both commuters and leisure travellers around East Sussex.

Southern said many of its prices will increase by 7.8 per cent, but stressed some will go up by less or not at all.

Commuters who live in Lewes but work in Brighton will feel the pinch.

A monthly ticket will cost £104.90 next year, but was £95.60 in 2010.

Commuters or leisure travellers deciding to hop on a train at the last minute are in for a shock too.

An anytime day return from Lewes to Brighton will cost £7.20, compared to £6.70, while an off peak day return will go up by 30p, from £4 to £4.30.

And a monthly season ticket from Lewes to Brighton will increase from £95.60 to £104.90.

People making the odyssey to London Victoria will also see a steep rise in fares.

A monthly season ticket from Lewes to London Victoria will cost £339, as opposed to £314.88.

The prices rises will come into force on Sunday January 2.

Southern said its regulated fares were based on the retail price index figure for July 2010 (4.8 per cent), plus one per cent - i.e. 5.8 per cent.

The Department for Transport permits rail operators to increase individual fares by up to 7.8 per cent, providing the overall increase of the regulated fares basket does not exceed 5.8 per cent.

Unregulated fares will go up on average by six per cent.

But a spokesperson for Southern said: “Between January and September 2011, customers can purchase off peak tickets online and receive a ten per cent discount, or at no more at last year’s price whichever is the higher discount, guaranteeing they pay either the same or less than the 2010 price.”

Southern said most anytime day single, day return, anytime single and return tickets have been increased.

All off peak returns, which are off peak tickets valid for longer than one day, have been increased by 5.8 per cent but in many cases for journeys wholly outside London zones 1-6 fares have been reduced.

Super off-peak day single and return tickets have been increased by £1.

Meanwhile all Southern Advance fares have been frozen.