RAIL passengers are facing 'wage-busting hikes' next year, union leaders have warned.
The TUC has predicted that fares in the region will rise by more than three per cent on average from January.
A season ticket from Burton to Stoke will rise by £100, according to its rail fare projector, with other routes used by commuters in the region also set to rise.
Lee Barron, regional secretary for the TUC, said: "Yet again rail commuters in the Midlands are going to suffer from inflation busting rail fare rises for the coming year. And, of course, this is all happening at a time whilst wages are continuing to fall in real terms."