Fares becoming outrageous says union

30 December 2011

Increases to train fares beginning in the New Year have been condemned by ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan.

Mick says there appears to be a concerted effort by rail companies and government to drive commuters off the rails. 'Last year Philip Hammond said the railways were becoming 'a rich man's toy'. These fare rises appear to be an effort to make his prediction a fact.'

Mick says the railway is essential to business, important for the environment, central to providing clean freight transport and - 'although this seems to be forgotten' - a major public service.'

‘All this is at stake,' he says, 'because of company greed and government avarice.'

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