– Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies
We understand commuters don't like to pay more to travel to work but it is the Government, not train companies, that decides how much season tickets should rise on average each year.
Successive governments have required train companies to increase the average price of season tickets every January since 2004 by more than inflation.
Ministers want passengers to pay a larger share of railway running costs to reduce the contribution from taxpayers while sustaining investment in better stations, new trains and faster services.
Campaigners today urged an end to above-inflation rail fare rises amid widespread anger at continuing increases.