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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:
The Government is "ripping off" passengers and taxpayers with another round of rail fare rises, Green MP Caroline Lucas has said.
Ms Lucas, who collected signatures outside Brighton Railway Station today, said her constituents were "sick of paying a fortune for train services which aren't good enough".
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."
Labour has responded to the Department of Transport's increase in regulated train fares with a pledge to halt price rises.
The Department of Transport has defended the fact that English rail passengers will face a sharper rise in average regulated fares than people boarding Scottish trains.
Rail fares in Scotland will rise by no more than 3.1 percent next year since increases are pinned to the rate of inflation.
However, some passengers will still be subject to the English fares if:
- They are travelling from England to Scotland
- They are travelling within Scotland on a train that originated in, or is going to, England
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.
A spokesman for the transport watchdog Passenger Focus has said that commuters and season ticket holders will be hit hardest by next year's rail fare hike.
Mike Hewitson told ITV Central it was particularly bad news for "captive commuters" who live in large cities like London where driving to work is not an option.
"It goes against all the policies ... which are to cut down on car use ... Public transport is being promoted as the green mode of travel [so] it has to be affordable".