Protests are being held in Manchester and Liverpool as new rail fares are announced. Rail Unions say passengers will 'pay more for less' with fare hikes of almost 4% expected. The fares will come into force in the New Year.
Michelle Rodgers from the RMT Union said previous fare increases haven't resulted in more investment for rail services.
Rail unions have also stepped up their calls for the railway industry to be bought back into public ownership, with Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union leader Mick Cash calling it a "kick in the teeth" for passengers.
Research by the RMT and the TUC has shown rail fares have been increasing at twice the rate of pay rises in recent years.
David Sidebottom, director of Transport Focus, the independent transport user watchdog, said: