Rail bosses defend UK train fare rises amid protests at stations

Rail Delivery Group chief claims increases will help improve services as commuter groups hold demos at busiest stations

Rail bosses have defended the biggest annual increase in train fares in five years in the face of dozens of demonstrations against the rise by commuter groups and unions at the UK’s busiest stations.

Senior Labour politicians joined protests over average fare increases of 3.4% and season ticket increases of 3.6%. The rises, the biggest since 2013, are more than the consumer price index inflation rate and well above average increases in annual earnings.

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