Rail fares have risen at above-inflation rates for the tenth consecutive year — nearly three times faster than average wages since 2008.
Research shows that rail transport costs workers up to 8% of their entire annual salary.
Commuters in London and south east England face some of the sharpest increases. Campaign for Better Transport figures show the average season ticket cost has increased by £1,300 since 2003.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “At a time when real wages are falling and household budgets are being squeezed, rail travellers are being forced to endure yet another year of inflation-busting fare increases.
“As well as having to shell out record amounts of money for their tickets, passengers also face the prospect of travelling on trains with fewer staff and having less access to ticket offices.
“They are being asked to pay much more for less.”