Anyone planning on travelling by train this Christmas is being warned to check for disruption on a number of routes.
Towns and cities in the East could be among the worst affected by HS2, new figures have revealed.
Network Rail has revealed that 30% of trains failed to arrive within a minute of their timetabled arrival time.
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.
Instead of sticking up for passengers David Cameron has sided with train companies, letting them hike fares by up to 9% #costoflivingcrisis
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.
Rail fares are increasing nearly twice as fast as incomes, outstripping wages by almost 14 percent since 2007, according to the Campaign for Better Transport.
This graph shows how rail fares and incomes became decoupled in 2007, with rail fares soaring far above increases in earnings.
The group also says that next year will be the eleventh successive year in which rail fares have risen above the level of inflation.
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.
Action for Rail protests will take place at 47 stations across the country, including the following mainline stations:
- Ealing Broadway, 1700-1900
- London Paddington, 0800-1000
- London Victoria, 0730-0900
- London Waterloo
Regulated rail fares in England are set to rise by an average 4.1% from January after the headline rate of retail price index inflation fell to 3.1% in July from 3.3% in June.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has defended the expected rise in rail fares next year saying that the rail network is in need of "huge investment". He told the BBC:
– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary
Nobody likes to see rail fares go up. I don't like to see it and passengers don't like to see it. We are massively investing in the railways, with £130 million being spent here at Nottingham, £800 million at Reading and £600 million at Birmingham.
Pressed to say when the government plans to end above-inflation fare rises, he said that the Office for Budget Responsibility has a target to do so in 2015.
He said that just over £8 billion was raised by ticket sales and just under £4 billion by taxpayers for the UK's rail services.