Much of this is not Northern’s fault 

Dear Sir, — May I correct some of John Sherwood’s assertions (Chronicle 3rd January)? 
The increase in rail fares is Government policy, not a train operator’s decision. 
Although the fuel duty escalator has been frozen for several years now to be benefit of motorists, the Government still insists on imposing the inflation-rate fares increase every year, notwithstanding the recent poor performance. So passengers continue to fork out. 

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