So rail fares are rising by 8-13% in the next year. I can understand the annoyance of passengers, especially assuming that the current service won't actually improve in quality. However, there is currently record overcrowding on the trains. Won't the fare rise alleviate the overcrowding? And what's the alternative strategy to reduce overcrowding that doesn't bring in extra revenue?
This is not to say that directors of Worst Great Western and a good number of people at Network Rail shouldn't be hung by their toes for egregious incompetence. But that's tangential to the economics of the situation.