Commuters are to be hit with a 3.5 per cent increase in rail fares across the capital .
The move was announced this morning, and will kick in from January next year marking a 20 per cent increase in rail fares since 2010.
Leader of Harrow Council David Perry (Labour) said: “This news will be hard to accept for commuters.
"[They] will be left short-changed yet again by another above inflation increase to their rail fares.
“In allowing yet another increase to rail fares the Tories have shown that they simply have no interest in helping families across Harrow that are already struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.
“London already has the highest rail fares of any city in the world, it is simply wrong that they are being increased again.”
Industry bosses have defended the move, claiming that over the next five years, £38billion will be invested in improving the network.
Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Money from fares pays for more trains, better stations and faster services on what is already Europe’s fastest growing, safest and most improved railway.
“Government decides the average change to regulated fares, including Season tickets, each year. For a decade, successive governments have regulated commuter fares so as to increase the share of rail’s costs paid by passengers rather than taxpayers.”