How often does a timing belt need replacing?

My six-year-old Skoda Superb has done 34,000 miles. I have been told that I need to replace the timing belt and I presume the water pump, is this right?
We say timing belts, tensioners, water pumps and aux belts should be replaced every five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first unless the manufacturer recommends earlier replacement.
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