Rail passengers hit by ticket fare hikes from today as prices rise by an average of 2.2%.

Rail fares increase by average of 2.2% Credit: Press Association

Rail fare rises have been accompanied by all-too-familiar failings on tracksand trains as a Northern rail company Selby to Huddersfield service had to start from Leeds due to a train fault.

The January 2015 increase follows weeks of disruption to rush-hour services with problems for passengers compounded by over-running festive engineering work.

The over-run last Saturday led to chaotic scenes, with King's Cross andPaddington stations in London having to be closed and also resulted, eventually, in Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne announcing he would not be taking his annual performance-related bonus.

Friday's increase sees regulated fares, which include season tickets, going up by up to 2.5%, while the average rise for all fares is 2.2%.

A comparison of the price of a 12-month season ticket bought in January 2014 with one bought from January 2 2015 sees a Leeds to Wakefield ticket rise 1.2% - from £992 to £1,004.

The rail industry has said that this is the lowest annual rise for five years.

But campaign groups and trade unions have pointed out that the annual rises in fares have far outstripped the rises in wages and that Britons pay some of the highest rail fares in Europe.

According to TUC figures, UK commuters spend more than twice as much of their salary on rail fares than some European passengers.

Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group representing rail operators and Network Rail, said: