How many passengers will pay far more than the headline fare increases?
In terms of costs, thousands of trains are moving in the same direction today... they are getting far more expensive. The headline figure you will read will tell you the rise is 4.2 % for "Regulated fares".
However, Train companies can put some season tickets up by more than that:
A Leeds to Wakefield season ticket is rising 6.16%
Ludlow to Hereford season ticket is increasing 5.28%
London from Ramsgate, Folkestone, Canterbury, Deal and Dover all going up by around 4.8%
Transport Minister Norman Baker told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the current fare structure was "not ideal", adding that the Government wanted to end above-inflation fare rises as soon as possible:
Forty per cent of fares, roughly, are regulated by the Government and that's a longstanding policy successive governments have had. The other 60% are unregulated and decided by the train companies themselves.
The balance of regulation and which fares are regulated is part of the fares and ticketing review we are now engaged upon.
It's not ideal - there are over 100,000 rail tickets and different prices each year to deal with. It's a hugely complicated issue.So it's important we try to get the best value for the passenger, the best value for the taxpayer and the simplest, (most) transparent system we can, given the need to ensure rail companies can price appropriately to attract people on to off-peak trains which might otherwise be running empty.
David Cameron misled commuters when he promised to cap fare rises at 1% above inflation.
Many commuters have faced a nasty New Year shock as they discover fares have gone up by as much as 9.2%.
The Government should come clean with commuters that this is a direct result of their decision to cave in to pressure from the private train companies to let them hike ticket prices beyond the so-called cap.
I understand the frustration felt by many commuters going back to work today.
At a time when real wages are falling and household budgets are being squeezed, rail travellers are being forced to endure yet another year of inflation-busting fare increases.
As well as having to shell out record amounts of money for their tickets, passengers also face the prospect of travelling on trains with fewer staff and having less access to ticket offices. They are being asked to pay much more for less.