Rail passengers face a bigger-than-expected rise of 6.2% in average fares from January, after official figures showed a shock increase in the rate of inflation.
The retail prices index for July rose to 3.2%. This is the official statistic used to determine by how much rail fares will rise. It's calculated by adding 3% to the RPI figure.
The rail workers' union, the RMT, has been protesting outside Newcastle Central Station at the proposed increases.
The region's various rail companies are yet to confirm by how much their fares will increase on each of their routes.
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