Rail unions staged protests at stations across the region this morning urging commuters to complain about fare increases of up to six per cent in January. Campaigners say a succession of price hikes means some commuters are paying more than a third of their wages to travel to work.
Rail operators say the increases are necessary to improve the country's infrastructure.
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Tuesday's weather for the west of the region
Tuesday's weather for the east of the region
A further 85 buses are expected to arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday, with officials saying the entire operation will last at least a week.