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Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT transport union, said:
"While this report reinforces once again that our railways are nothing more than a multi-billion pound rip-off lining the pockets of a bunch of spivs and speculators, it ducks the real issue and that's the cast-iron case for public ownership.
"You can't have transparency, accountability and value for money while our railways are bust apart and run as a money-making racket for a gang of private operators."
Transport Select Committee Chairman Louise Ellman MP: "The Government should rule out continuing to use pricing to take people off the railways at peak times."
A group of MPs has urged the government not to increase train fares even further for those travelling at the height of the rush hour.
The government's currently considering plans to increase fares during peak hours, in a bid to pursuade passengers to travel at quieter times.
But the Commons Transport Select Committee says that would effectively be a tax on commuters.