"Fares are set to rise by an average of 2.4% on First Group’s Great Western Railway," says Gwyn Topham, the Guardian's Transport Correspondent in Rail fare rises driven by hikes on Virgin Trains East Coast and Rail fares: train operators accused of milking the system as rises kick in. "Labour party research shows that season tickets have gone up by an average of 27% since 2010, while the TUC found that rail fares had risen at more than twice the rate of inflation and wages over the last decade."
The shadow transport secretary, Andy McDonald, said: “[some] passengers have faced truly staggering fare rises of over £2,000 since 2010. Fares have risen more than three times faster than wages, and passengers on some routes have also been hit by stealth fare rises of up to 162%.”
"A survey for the campaign group We Own It found that around half of respondents believed fares would fall under public ownership. According to polling by Survation, 48% of people believed train travel would be cheaper in a renationalised railway, and 58% said privatisation had been a failure."