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Concern about potential fare rises as government unveils rail changes

Grant Shapps says Great British Railways will be simpler and will ‘bring down overall costs’

A Great British Railways will mean a simpler, more efficient system for the industry and passengers, the government has pledged – but job cuts and fare rises have not been ruled out as ministers said they would bear down on costs.

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said the changes announced in a white paper on Thursday would “make the railways easier to use by simplifying fares and ticketing, providing more convenient ways to pay … rail services will be better coordinated with each other and better integrated with other transport services”.

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