By Daniel Hunter

News that regulated rail fares are set to rise by an average of 4.1% next year has been met with criticism from trade unions.

Commuters in England face a rise in their rail fares that is well above the rate of inflation, sparking anger from various union bodies.

Trade unions have organised protests at stations around the country and called for the rail network to be returned to public ownership.

The TUC's Action for Rail campaign will see demonstrations at almost 50 stations - including London King's Cross, Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly - to protest against the increase.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said the government should "put evidence before ideology" and look at renationalising the railways.

"Wage-busting fare rises are not even going on much needed service improvements", she said.

"Instead, passenger and public subsidies are lining the pockets of the shareholders of private rail companies."

The TUC added that it equated to a 40% hike since 2008.

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