Commuting to work from Herne Bay by rail will be 3.6% dearer from next January. The price rise – which is settled annually – is based on the retail price index – and that has come under fire from commuter associations as it is higher than the consumer price index used for inflation indexing.

The current annual standard adult season ticket for travel between Herne Bay and London Victoria is priced at £4,732 – a 3.6% rise would increase that by £170.