Julian Huppert, co-chairman of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Transport, has blamed the current high price of rail tickets in the UK on the previous Labour Government. He said:
The coalition is, quite rightly, investing more in our railways than any Government since the Victorian era in an effort to sort out the mess we inherited. But we can't just pass on the cost to commuters. Liberal Democrats in the coalition, along with the Transport Secretary, managed to negotiate an RPI-plus-1% fare rise for 2012, much lower than planned by some Conservatives. But people are struggling to make ends meet against a backdrop of wage freezes and rising utility bills.
The rise in inflation means more misery for commuters as train companies can increase fares up by 6.2%. Will the Chancellor step in?
Today's inflation figures will give an indication of the level of rail fare increase we can expect in January. So what is driving that rise?
Commuters are braced for more misery as inflation figures were higher than expected meaning that train companies can charge more.