Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the announcement that rail fares will rise by 1.1% on average in January, said:
“The Christmas cheer will end early for thousands of commuters when they return to work on January 4th. Rail fares will have risen by 25 per cent since 2010, and the cost of some season tickets will have risen by as much as 35 per cent - leaving passengers paying thousands of pounds more in some cases than when the Tories came to power.
"Commuters were always told that higher fares would fund investment, but vital projects have been delayed for years and passengers are paying ever more to travel on increasingly overcrowded and unreliable trains. It's clear that the railways are in urgent need of reform."