Train fares rise by an average of 2.3% across UK


Commuters returning to work this week face an average rise in train fares of 2.3% across the UK. Campaigners said this was 'a kick in the teeth' for passengers following months of disruptions caused by strikes.

Lianna Etkind, of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: "Today's fare rises are another kick in the teeth for long-suffering rail passengers. Many experienced a less frequent and more overcrowded service last year, and now they are required to pay more for the same this year."

Having just endured a 72-hour walkout by train conductors that began on New Year's Eve, commuters using Southern Rail are facing another strike scheduled for 9 January.