Bob Crow, leader of the RMT transport union, has said that the announcement that rail fare increases are to be capped next year is a "total con".
Regulated fares in England could have gone up by 9.1% in January but they will now be a maximum of 6.1%.
"This is a total con that will still leave the vast majority paying inflation-busting fares to pump up the profits of the private train operators.
"For a few it will feel like having your wallet nicked with the mugger then handing you a few bob back to buy a pint. Nobody will be fooled by this political stunt.
The Government today announced it is to cap the increases of regulated fares planned for January 2014.
Rail fares are going up in January but they have been capped and will increase by a maximum of 6.1%.