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Train companies say the rise in rail prices will provide money that will be spent improving services.
We asked commuters at Carlisle Station what they thought about the price hikes.
Rail commuters across the country face average price rises by an average of 3.1 per cent.
But how does that break down in the Border region?
- Northern Rail operates the Carlisle to Newcastle line and are putting prices up by an average of just over 3%.
- Virgin train prices from Carlisle to Glasgow will go up by nearly 4%.
- Standard fares on the Carlisle to London service are also going up by over 4%
Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group, has welcomed the Government's move to limit fare increases.
It follows new rail fares coming into force today that see the price of annual season tickets rise by 3.1 per cent.
Train companies retain an average of just 3p from every pound paid for rail tickets, with the vast majority of revenue going on maintenance, staff costs and investment in the rail network, according to figures released by the industry association the Rail Delivery Group:
The Government insisted that it understands passengers concerns over the cost of rail fares as annual season tickets rose by 3.1 per cent.
Campaign groups have complained about the increase, with the Campaign for Better Transport saying that fares are rising three times faster than wages.
A Department for Transport spokesman said: "The Government understands concerns rail passengers have about the costs of fares and the impact they have on household budgets.
"That is why next year, for the first time in a decade, regulated fares will not rise on average by more than the rate of inflation, offering relief for families and the hard-working people.
"As a result of the economic policies that this government has put in place, the most recent forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility are that by around 2015, fares will be rising in line with wages and salaries."
The spokesman insisted that the fares passengers pay will drive the "biggest programme of rail modernisation ever" resulting in new state-of-the-art trains, better stations and shorter journey times.
Passengers will pay higher rail fares from today, with annual tickets rising by an average of 3.1 per cent.
The increase will mean some commuters will be forced to pay more than £5,000 a year.
A number of these fares, including some on the East Coast route, are going up by much less than 3.1 per cent, with the overall rise in tickets - regulated and unregulated - being 2.8 per cent.
The rise is for regulated fares which include season tickets.
The increase could have been even greater, but Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement in early December that the regulated fare price cap of RPI inflation plus 1 per cent was being changed to RPI plus 0 per cent.