Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of fare hike announcement by Indian Railways, stating that "the increase in train fares was a new year gift from the Central government".
Fares have gone up by an average of 2.6% across East Anglia, with commuters taking short journeys across Suffolk taking the biggest hit as these services have had some of the highest fare rises in the country.
Labour said ticket prices had soared by by 40% since 2010, while pressure group Railfuture warned that fares were "outstripping people's incomes".
Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions for Rail Delivery Group, said rail companies were holding fare increases below inflation while investing in "new trains and extra services that will improve journeys for customers".
In another tweet, Yechury called the rail fare hike, "New year gift from the Modi government.".
Keeping the affordability concerns of daily commuters, there shall be no fare hike for passengers over suburban sections and season ticket holders.
He said: "Welcome to another decade of misery for rail passengers".
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He urged passengers to "offset the cost of the fare rises" by claiming compensation for every eligible delay.
While it chose to keep the fares of the suburban classes unchanged, a hike has been effected in the non-AC classes, including the unreserved segment, which have been bleeding Railways through under-recovery of cost.
An off-peak return ticket from Dundee to Edinburgh has increased in price by 50p to £29.40, while an Anytime return ticket from Gillingham to London via the HS1 route is up £1.20 to £45.40.
The largest rise for passengers in the Portsmouth area comes from South Western Railway who have introduced a 2.8 per cent price hike from today, which comes after a month of strikes disrupted services throughout December. It's also hard for railways to take up new projects without revising fares.
In a statement, railways said the price increase became necessary to ensure the expansion passenger amenities and facilities at various railway stations and trains.
Delivering such significant change will take time, but passengers can have total confidence that these trials will help provide the evidence needed to develop wider reforms to the fares system and a significantly better service.