Call to end big rail fare hikes

Campaigners today urged an end to above-inflation rail fare rises amid widespread anger at continuing increases.

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'ToffsRus' rail fare protests attack Cameron and Osborne

Rail campaigners from the transport union TSSA demonstrate outside St Pancras station Credit: A rail campaigner demonstrates outside King's Cross station

Highlighting the fact that Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are Old Etonians, transport union TSSA's protest at King's Cross featured a top hat-wearing "ToffsRUs" band.

A rail campaigner demonstrates outside King's Cross station in London as regulated fares Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Waiting for trains at King's Cross station in London today, passengers expressed their anger at the rise.

Outside the station, shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle joined the protest against the high fares.

Maria Eagle joins TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes and other rail campaigners from the transport union as they demonstrate Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Some commuters appeared to agree with the protests.

Leeds-bound hairdresser Gavin Lambert, 45, described his service as "rarely on time and often overcrowded", while his friend Kevin Gowland, 46, a musician, said people were taking to the roads as the rail service was "so bad".

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