The Government has defended its track record on rail fares and promised to announce further measures to ensure "greater fairness" for travellers.
A Department for Transport spokesman said the Coalition were investing "record amounts" in the railways and recognised current prices were "tough".
The Government is investing record amounts into our railways, which will help deliver economic growth, improve performance and significantly boost passenger capacity.
However, we also recognise it is tough for passengers. That is why we are already limiting these rises by capping the average regulated fares increase at 1% in real terms and will be announcing further measures to ensure greater fairness on fares for passengers later this year.
Train fares are set to rise yet again on the back of the release of July's inflation figures, forcing rail passengers to fork out more for travel in 2014.
Inflation as measured by the retail prices index (RPI) is expected to remain at 3.3 percent for July, giving train companies the opportunity to push through a price rise of 4.3 percent at the beginning of next year.
The Government determines rail price rises by allowing fares to rise one percentage point above July's RPI measure.
Rail passengers were already dealt a blow with 2013 prices. This year the cost of a season ticket rose by 4.2 percent and overall train fares increased by around 3.9 percent.
Rush-hour rail problems that plagued passengers on many days in November continued for commuters in the South West on the first working day of December.
Travellers whose services were still affected by last week's floods were hit by a combination of difficulties including late-running engineering work. The aftermath of the floods continued to hit services in devon, with buses replacing trains on some routes.
Replacement buses are running on First Great Western Services between Exeter St Davids and Crediton due to flooding. But the good news is that the Tarka line has now re-opened between Crediton and Barnstaple following major work on the track.