Rail Passengers Face Fare Increases

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15 Aug 2012

This week’s inflation figures will mean rail passengers face increases in the cost of travel, showing that this is a Government that puts the wrong people first. The Prime Minister’s decision to side with the powerful private train operators against commuters and passengers shows he is desperately out of touch with the cost-of-living crisis facing many hard-working families.

At a time when people are struggling to make ends meet, Ministers have decided not only that fares should rise by 3% above inflation, but also told the train companies that they can add up to another 5% on top. That means many fares will rise by as much as 11% - for three years in a row.

I would like to see the Government put passengers first by banning train companies from increasing fares above a strict cap of 1% above inflation across all routes.