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The announcement that train fares will rise yet again next year has brought little cheer from passengers travelling on the country's rail network.
The Government has defended the 4.1% average rise in season ticket costs in England as necessary to maintaining an efficient system, while defending the continuing use of funds to pay for rail boss bonuses.
But commuters were left largely unimpressed, with one rail user at Euston Station branding the latest increase in prices "disgusting", as ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:
Campaign for Better Transport says ordinary families are already struggling to cope when the average wage is barely increasing.
Stephen Joseph says there is a limit to how far we can keep pushing fares above inflation.
Boris Johnson is being urged to block a fare-rise of over 4% on London's transport network.
The price-hike could add up to £200 to the average season ticket.
But the Mayor will have the final say over how much commuters already struggling with cost of living will have to pay. Dan Hewitt reports.
Labour has responded to the Department of Transport's increase in regulated train fares with a pledge to halt price rises.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has defended a new round of bonuses to rail bosses while commuters are forced to pay a higher average cost of rail travel for an 11th year in a row.
Mr McLoughlin told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he had not "interfered with" Network Rail's rail contracts because it was a "private operating company ... set up by the last government".
He played down the issue of bonuses, saying: "The simple fact is that what people want is for our railway system to work effectively and efficiently. And they want those delays cutting out so I think the value is important that we get those kinds of service improvements and we keep down the cost."
Asked why rail bosses could not achieve this without extra financial incentives, he said: "Bonuses are one way which are a reward for delivering those services ... There is a bit more than just doing their job we are talking about some very very complicated engineering works that are going on."
Mike Hewitson, head of passenger issues at consumer watchdog Passenger Focus has said claims that rail fares may increase by 4.1% are just "an average" and that some fares may rise "as much as 8%".
Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused the Prime Minister of siding with train companies by allowing them to raise train fares above the rate of inflation.
Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, says that more than 80 percent of passengers surveyed are satisfied with rail services.
He said that the railways had expanded rapidly over the past 15 years and that trains are both newer and more frequent.
ITV News asked Mr Roberts how the latest hike in rail fares can be justified:
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has insisted that passengers must pay more for their fares if they want the same level of investment in railways to continue.
He admitted it was "frustrating" that much of that investment - such as upgrading tracks and signals - could not be seen, but said that passengers would reap the benefits.
About 25 protesters calling for a cut in rail fares and a return to British Rail are staging a demonstration outside King's Cross Station in central London.