The average United Kingdom wide 2.3 per cent increase comes into force today although fares on Virgin Trains East Coast services will shoot up by nearly five per cent. "It's time for a rail system that puts people before profit, and instead of shareholders or the Governments of other European companies benefiting at our expense, we should take back public control of our railways for the benefit of the British commuters".
He said: "We've now seen a rise of 27 per cent since 2010 and wages haven't kept pace with this at all".
A separate study reveals that commuters returning to work today could pay 27p a minute to travel by train - as much as a premium-rate phone call - after a 56 per cent increase in prices over the past decade. We are investing record amounts in our railways delivering the biggest rail modernisation programme for over a century, providing more seats, more services and better facilities on the trains. "Since 2010 we have seen a 27 per centincrease in ticket price, the season ticket price for York to Leeds is now at £2,232, nearly £500 more than in 2010".
RDG chief executive Paul Plummer said: "Nobody wants to pay more to travel to work and at the moment in some places people aren't getting the service they are paying for".
The UK-wide rise in fares, which is the highest since January 2014 when they increased by 2.8 per cent, has been criticised by public transport campaigners.
The average price rise is 2.3 per cent
The Labour MEP for the East of England said: "The Government are failing passengers". The proportion of support has changed from 50:50 ten years ago to around 70:30 now, with the extra contribution from passengers being collected by increasing fares above inflation over successive years.
Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald said: "Passengers have faced truly staggering fare rises of more than £2,000 since 2010".
Commuters travelling from Brighton to London, who have endured pitiful services on the Southern Rail operated route, will be paying almost £980 more than in 2010, Labour research found.
'We have always fairly balanced the cost of this investment between the taxpayer and the passenger'.
"A fares freeze for Southern passengers would help to start rebuild trust following the months of misery they have experienced".