Commuters should get refunds on their rail tickets after ‘another year of misery’, according to Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake.

He is urging nearby MP Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, to offer a one-month rail refund to Sutton commuters.

Liberal Democrat Mr Brake said: “The only thing reliable about Southern and Thameslink is the guaranteed disappointment with almost every journey.

“Local people spent 2017 shelling out their hard-earned cash for overcrowded, unreliable and shambolic train services - and that’s if the trains actually turn up. The very least they deserve is a partial refund.

“To add insult to injury, commuters are today facing another big hike in their travel costs. That’s a real kick in the teeth.

"I hope the Rail Minister and the Government will listen to my calls for an immediate fares freeze.”

Passenger groups and rail campaigners have voiced their frustration over the latest annual rise in train fares.

The average ticket price for a fare has risen to 3.4 percent across the UK, which is the biggest increase to fares for four years since 2013.