Responding to the announcement that rail passengers will face an above the rate of inflation rise in fares, Natalie Evans, Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“It is extremely disappointing to hear that railway companies are forcing passengers to pay such a staggering increase in prices. If the Government is sincere about easing congestion on our road network by getting more people onto public transport; allowing rail prices to rise so dramatically is clearly not the means of achieving this.

"This decision will not help the current capacity problems on our roads, and sadly, it will only serve to damage the future competitiveness of British business. We urge the rail companies to reconsider the price increases."