Commuters will see train fares go up by 6.2 per cent rail operators announced today.

The rise is due to the shift in government policy, which means passengers now are picking up the bill for rail investments instead of this being paid for by taxes, The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) explained.

TSSA rail union leader Gerry Doherty said: “It is simply outrageous.”

“Ministers claim this is to pay for a better railway. Passengers will regard that as a sick joke seeing as we have the most expensive and overcrowded railway in Europe.”

Regulates fares such as season tickets will rise to an average of 5.8 per cent from January. Meanwhile, other fares could sore to over 10 per cent.

This means that the price of a typical single journey will rise from £4.89 to £5.19.

For passengers living outside of London who commute into the city on a season ticket, the price hike could mean a loss of hundreds of pounds.