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Labour pledges to cut rail fares as parties return to campaigning

With just 10 days to go until the polls open, Jeremy Corbyn will announce plans to slash regulated rail fares in England by a third from next month if his party enters government.

The Tories, meanwhile, will set out a range of measures to strengthen border security after Brexit including automated entrance and exit checks to identify individuals who have overstayed their visa.

Mr Corbyn will use a visit to a railway station to announce the plans which he says would save the average commuter more than £1,000 a year, and would represent the biggest ever reduction in rail fares.

It comes after Britain's train companies confirmed over the weekend that they will hike prices by an average of 2.7% next year.

Children aged 16 and under would receive free rail travel under the party's plans, while part time workers would be guaranteed "fair" fares.

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Labour estimate the policy will cost £1.5bn per year and would come from existing Department for Transport budgets, drawn from vehicle excise duty.

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