Train ticket prices to rise in 2011

Rail companies said fares will rise by an average of 6.2 per cent in January, nearly twice the rate of inflation. Passengers using Southeastern and Southern trains will be hardest hit, with a 7.8 per cent average fare rise. Unions were quick to denounce the price jump, with TSSA leader Gerry Doherty calling the rises “simply outrageous”. However Association of Train Operating Companies chief executive Michael Roberts said the taxpayer would still foot the bill for around half the cost of running the UK rail network.