TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said:
This year's fare hike will hit passengers particularly hard because wages are rising so slowly.
Rail fares are now consuming a huge proportion of people's wages, leaving precious little for other bread and butter expenses.
On average passengers are now paying £600 more for a season ticket and yet seeing no change in their pay packets.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
The scandal of Britain's great rail fares rip off continues with today's hike far outstripping average pay increases, and it will once again hit those at the sharp end of the austerity clampdown the hardest.
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