THIS month's increases in rail fares, though appalling, are not the worst of the story in recent times.

Last month I bought a business saver from York to London, priced £108 - a rise of £30, or almost 30 per cent from 2005.

Would the Government like to explain how allowing such swingeing increases can possibly encourage people to prefer rail to more polluting means of travel?

It is to be hoped that alternative operators to GNER in the future will offer something better than the recent hikes in rail fares.

Paul Gliddon, Moorcroft Road, York.