British campaigners have been holding protests across the country to denounce an increase of 4.1 percent in rail fares for the 6th time in seven years, local media reported.
The protests come as of next January it will be the 6th time that rail fares are outstripping wages, soaring 40 percent since 2008, compared with a 15 percent rise in average incomes, British media reported.
This is while that train companies are allowed to increase fares, including season tickets, for certain routes, which would mean some tickets could rise by as much as 9.1 percent in January 2014.
Simultaneous with the announcement of next year’s price rise in accordance with inflation, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and campaign group Action for Rail staged a series of protest gatherings at almost 50 stations on Tuesday.
The findings of a research carried out by Campaign for Better Transport showed that the jump in rail fares is almost twice the increase in earnings.
“Getting to work is now the biggest single monthly outgoing for many commuters – more than food, more than housing”, said Chief executive Stephen Joseph.
Labour Party chief Ed Miliband tweeted: “Instead of sticking up for passengers David Cameron has sided with train companies, letting them hike fares by up to 9 percent”.