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RAIL commuters could face increases of more than £240 for their season tickets when fare rises come into effect in January.

Train operator London Midland, which operates trains and stations in Dacorum, has confirmed that its regulated fares will rise by eight per cent next year.

This could see an annual season ticket from Hemel Hempstead to London rise from its current price of £3,024 to £3,265 – an increase of £241.

The rise is in line with the eight per cent rise on regulated fares announced by the government on Tuesday.

Matt Phillips, who lives in Bovingdon and commutes to work from Hemel Hempstead, said: “I am not happy about it at all.

“I already pay around £70 a week and it’s frustrating to think they are going to increase it again.

“They seem to go up quite often and you can’t do anything about it.”

> How will you be affected by the hikes? Email hemelhx@jpress.co.uk and let us know how you feel

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