Campaign for Better Transport chief executive Stephen Joseph has said the impact of successive Government's policies on rail fares has been "appalling" over the past decade.
Today's price hike is the 10th successive annual rise above inflation.
Campaigners have said some fares have increased by more than 50 per cent during that time.
"It's truly shocking that we have deliberately made getting the train to work an extravagance that many struggle to afford," Mr Joseph added. "The time has come not just to stop the rises but to reduce fares."
More top news
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke made a return to the boxing ring today aged 62, defeating an opponent less than half his age.
Poland has warned the UK that it will block any plans to discriminate between British and EU citizens.
The world's biggest ritual animal slaughter has begun in Nepal, amid protests. Readers may find images in this article distressing.