The region's rail commuters returning to work today after the Christmas and New Year break were hit by inflation-busting fare rises. The average increase is nearly 4% up on this time last year.
The rail companies say the rises are needed to pay for improvements but passengers say they are unfair. Mike Pearse reports.
Rail fare rises are the "price we have to pay for investment in our trains". That's what the Sussex MP and Transport Minister Norman Baker told us today. There have been continuous rises ahead of inflation for ten years now.
Commuters and rail unions say the previous Government's policy of pushing up fares must stop before rail becomes ruinously expensive. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
Commuters across the South and South East will have to pay higher train fares from today.
Research done by the Campaign for Better Transport shows many season tickets prices have risen by more than 50% in the last 10 years.
The average fare increase is nearly 4% up on this time last year.
Meanwhile commuters using the Chiltern railway will be charged more to park their cars at train stations in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire from today.
Wendover, Princes Risborough, Haddenham and Thame, Bicester North and Banbury are among those affected.