The mid-winter will be bleaker for millions of rail travellers today as rail fares rise by an average of 4.2%. The Green Party say it is the tenth year in a row fares have gone up by more than inflation. They have been protesting at Norwich station calling for a better public transport system.
Regulated fares, which include season tickets, are increasing by an average of 4.2%, with the overall average rise for all tickets being 3.9%.
Campaign groups have pointed out today's increase is the 10th successive above-inflation rise, with some rail season ticket holders seeing their fares rise by more than 50% in the last 10 years.
The TUC has said that fares have risen far faster than wages since the recession in 2008.
The Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) said railway funding can only come from taxpayers or from passengers "and the Government's policy remains that a bigger share must come from people who use the train."
Transport Minister Norman Baker said the Government had reduced fare increases planned for January 2013.
Labour highlighted the fact that some season tickets are allowed to rise by more than the 4.2% average.
Campaign group Railfuture said that some fares could be going up by around 11% or 12%, "with no perceptible improvement in service."
How much will your rail fare go up?
This is a table of rail fare rises, comparing the price of a 12-month season ticket bought in December with one bought today.
Route: Bishop's Stortford to London, 2012: **£3,704, 2013:** £3,852, % Rise: 4.0%
Route: Colchester to London, *2012: *£4,556, *2013: *£4,743, *% Rise: *4.1%
Route: Peterborough to London, 2012: £6,888, 2013: *£7,177, *% Rise: 4.2%
Route: Norwich to London, 2012: £7,184, 2013: £7,479,** % Rise:** 4.1%
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