"We're a victim of our success" Michael Roberts, Director General of the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators and Network Rail, said.
Mr Roberts told Good Morning Britain that the UK's trains are so busy because they are affordable, refuting claims that fare hikes are pricing people out of rail travel.
Rail passengers will see the average price of their tickets increase by 3.5% from January, according to figures out today.
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Tens of thousands of children in the North East have been hit by a family debt crisis, according to figures released today.
The Children's Society and the StepChange Debt Charity found 45,000 families in the region - 14% of the total - are failing to keep up with household bills and loan repayments.
This would mean an estimated 75,000 children in the North East are growing up in families troubled by problem debt.
75,000 children in the North East are living in families struggling with debt, according to new research by two charities.
The Children's Society and Step Change Debt Charity found that 14% of the region's families are failing to keep up with bills and owe an average of £1,500 each.
A couple from Stockton say they're 'shocked and stunned' after winning more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery.
Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox, were presented with their cheque after placing the bet whilst on holiday.
They won just days after an 80-year-old woman from Middlesbrough won £500,000, meaning there have been two winners from Teesside in the space of a week. Jonny Blair reports.
A couple from Teesside are celebrating after scooping more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery. Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox bought the winning ticket during a holiday in Cumbria. They didn't realise they'd won until four days after the draw was made.
We both let out an enormous scream and burst into tears of joy... We just didn't know what to do with ourselves at first, apart from sit there in a state of shock.
Emma, who's a hairdresser, and Robert, who's a self-employed builder, plan to spend some of the money improving their home.
"The cost of claims is increasing as a result of more high-value items being stolen. That's why it's important to stay vigilant and fight rural crime. Our experience with people who live and work in rural areas of the North East clearly shows that theft is more than just a setback - it can be devastating for businesses and families.
"One of the rural community's best assets is its people who can work together to safeguard the local neighbourhood. "
Rural crime in Northumberland and County Durham rose by 12 per cent last year and cost the regional economy £840,000. Among the items stolen were quad bikes, metal and horse equipment.
The figures are from NFU Mutual's annual Rural Crime Survey. Nationally the cost of rural crime totalled an estimated £44.5 million in 2013, a rise of 5.2% on the previous year.
These are the top 10 items targeted by thieves last year.
- Quad bikes
- Garden equipment
The NFU says many farmers are repeatedly targeted. Although high-value thefts may be highly planned the number of garden tools and ornaments being stolen indicates opportunist thieves continue to target gardens and outbuildings.
Rural crime in Northumberland and County Durham cost 840 thousand pounds last year - a rise of 13 per cent on the previous year.
Among the items stolen were quad bikes, metal and horse equipment. The figures have been compiled by NFU Mutual.