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.
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.
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."