Rail fares increase by an average of 3.1% as of today, despite punctuality falling to a 13-year low.

In what is being described as “another kick in the wallet” for passengers, the cost of many rail season tickets has risen by more than £100.

However, the rail industry has insisted there are legitimate reasons for the annual price hike.

An annual season ticket from Gloucester to Birmingham New Street has risen by £130 to £4,238.

Analysis by the Press Association has shown that one in seven trains was delayed by at least five minutes in 2018 – the worst performance since September 2005.

Extreme weather, errors in the launch of new timetables, industrial action and signalling failures were among the factors responsible.

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