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Following the announcement of an average 2.2% hike on rail fares in January, passengers have spoken to ITV News about the price increases, which come into effect on 2 January.
One commuter said "My rail fare is almost £5,000 and the service is terrible most of the winter ... it's a bit of an insult really."
Responding to the announcement of an average 2.2% increase in rail fares January, Rail Minister Claire Perry said that the Government was "taking the tough decisions needed" to improve railways.
Labour has said that the Prime Minister is failing to stand up for struggling workers over rising rail fares, pointing out that some passengers have been hit by a 30% increase since 2010.
Describing ministers as "out of touch" with the problems of everyday commuting, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister Lillian Greenwood said that the Government has no plans to deliver changes that the railways need.
Transport trade unions have criticised today's announcement of an average 2.2% increase in rail fares from January 2.
The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) described the rise as an "annual persecution of passengers," while The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) called the increase "scandalous".
Following the announcement of an average 2.2% rise in rail fare from January 2, industry body the Rail Delivery Group said that money from train fares is fed back into rail services.
More rail passengers will pay more than £5,000 a year for their season tickets from January 2.
Announcing an average 2.2% rise on rail fares in 2015, industry body the Rail Delivery Group said the rise is the lowest average rise for five years.
However, many season ticket holders will find their average rise will be greater than their annual pay rise.
Rail fares will rise by an average of 2.2% from January 2, 2015, rail industry body the Rail Delivery Group announced today.
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Rail fares will increase by an average of 2.2% from January 2, it has been announced today. See examples of how the fares are set to rise.