West Midlands transport officials have welcomed a Parliamentary inquiry into the price of rail tickets.
Councillors on the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority are backing the House of Commons' Transport Committee investigation, which will consider research suggesting standard train tickets in the UK can cost three times more than some European countries.
The inquiry will look at the cost of rail travel, including how it can be affected by Network Rail's control of the timetable for engineering works.
It will also cover ticket structure, potential reform and the availability of cheap advance tickets.
"We share the committee's desire to get the best deal for rail users, as part of a total funding package that can also provide investment for the network," said PTA chairman Coun Gary Clarke (Con Streetly).
"At the moment there is a confusing choice of tickets for rail passengers and some can often be unnecessarily expensive." The West Midlands area already offers low off-peak rail fares, raised annually by the PTA in line with inflation, whilst peak fares for local commuters go up in line with national government guidelines.
"By having a simple range of tickets that offer good value for money, you encourage more passengers onto rail and the benefits from this would only be good for the network," added Coun Clarke.
The committee, chaired by backbench Labour veteran Gwyneth Dunwoody, said train operating companies were unable to guarantee services because Network Rail, which is in charge of track maintenance, only provided two weeks' notice of engineering works.