Train firm cannot say how fare rises will affect users

Train operator London Midland says it cannot comment on how yesterday’s rail fare announcement will affect its customers.

Commuters have been warned that they will face an average 4.1 per cent rise in regulated rail fares, including season tickets, next year.

A spokesman for London Midland said: “We don’t know how this will exactly affect our customers next year without speculating.”

Chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies Michael Roberts said: “ Since 2004, it has been government policy to allow regulated fares to rise above inflation in order to support investment in more trains, better stations and faster services.”

Yesterday trade unions organised protests at stations around the country.