Regular rail users are being hit by a 2.5 per cent increase in season ticket prices and some off-peak and anytime fares from today.
The overall average rise in fares is 2.2 per cent, the lowest for five years.
Mr McLoughlin said: “I accept 2.5 per cent is more than a passenger wants to pay. Any increase is to be regrettable.
Rivelin Valley Road Sheffield: Body found after police search of Rivelin Valley
Hosepipe ban: Reservoir near Sheffield less than 15 per cent full as photos show how water levels have plunged
Sheffield weather: Met Office issues thunderstorm warning as heatwave set to end with heavy rain and lightning
High Green assault: Sheffield bus driver punched on his break leaving him with facial injuries
Rotherham missing boy: 13-year-old missing for 10 days as police make appeal
“But it is the fact we’re investing record amounts in to the industry so we can get better train services and a better rail service for the UK.”
Martin Abrams, from the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Yet again, the Government is hiking up commuter rail fares.
“Ticket prices are rising much faster than wages, which means getting to work takes
up an increasing share of incomes, hitting both household budgets and the economy.
“The Government urgently needs to adopt a fairer approach to ticketing, bringing fares down and introducing more flexible tickets to help groups like the millions who work part-time.”
What do you think of the latest rail fare rises? How are you affected? Sign in and comment below.