Protests over rail fares

Protests against rail fare rises are due to take place at 47 railway stations across the country today, including Birmingham New Street and Matlock Bath in Derbyshire.

Anger over rail fare increase in West Midlands

Rail fares are likely to rise again next year by an average of just over four per cent. On some routes they could even go up by as much as nine per cent.

There's been an angry reaction to the news from commuters. They say wages are not keeping pace with the fare rises - and they're finding it harder to afford season tickets.

Our transport correspondent Keith Wilkinson sent this report.

Full report: Rail fare anger

There's anger amongst trade unions and passenger groups as it was revealed rail users would face an above-inflation rise in ticket prices from next year.

Ministers say the extra money would pay for further investment, like the ongoing work at Nottingham Station, but union leaders have re-iterated their call for a return to public ownership.

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Response to rail fare increases

There's anger amongst trade unions and passenger groups in the Midlands this morning as it was revealed rail users would face an above inflation rise in ticket prices from next year.

Ministers say the extra money would pay for further investment into the rail network.

Where does the money go?

The Association of Train Operation Companies (ATOC) have given a break down of where the money spent on rail ticket money goes.

For every pound spent on a ticket:

48p goes to Network Rail and other infrastructure costs

17p goes on staff costs

17p goes on miscellaneous costs (including train maintenance, administration, contractors)

11p goes on leasing trains

4p goes on fuel / energy

3p goes to train company profit

Patrick McLoughlin's response to protesters

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, has said rail fare increases serve as investments for the future of our railway systems.

With a £130 million investment in Nottingham railway station and a £600 million pound redevelopment at Birmingham railway station, he has said that passengers must make a contribution to railway developments.

TUC's anger at rail fare rises

Protesters at Nottingham Station have said that communities are being "hit hard in the pocket".

Members of the TUC are protesting at 47 stations around the country today and the Regional Secretary of the Midlands TUC, Rob Johnston, says "it doesn't need to be this way."

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RMT compare rail fare to house price increases

The boom in house prices is still "nothing" compared to how high rail fares have soared, according to the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

Between 2004 and 2012 the average house price (for all types of dwelling in the UK) rose 36.7% - from £180,000 to £246,000.

Yet in the decade to January 2013, rail fares (specifically, all types of tickets offered by every train operator) increased by 57.7%.

Rail fare rises are 'kick in the teeth' to RMT

This latest inflation-busting hike in fares is a kick in the teeth for the British people who are condemned to pay the highest prices in Europe to travel on clapped-out, overcrowded and unreliable trains while the private operators are laughing all the way to the bank.

Although the average figure is set at 4.1% the train operators will be able to get away with ramping up fares by nearly 9.2% on some services. That is simply pure extortion in the name of private profit.

– RMT General Secretary, Bob Crow

Government 'limiting rises' and 'investing in railways'

In response to protests being held at train stations across the country, including at Birmingham New Street, the Government says it is limiting fair rises and continuing to invest in the country's railways.

"The Government is investing record amounts into our railways, which will help deliver economic growth, improve performance and significantly boost passenger capacity.

"However, we also recognise it is tough for passengers. That is why we are already limiting these rises by capping the average regulated fares increase at 1% in real terms and will be announcing further measures to ensure greater fairness on fares for passengers later this year."

– Department for Transport spokesperson
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