Mick condemns company for cashing in on veterans

17 August 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned South West Trains for cashing in on VJ Day by raising ticket prices on services into London.

Mick said: ‘It’s disgusting that South West Trains are exploiting their monopoly to make even more profit from passengers. And not just ordinary passengers, but veterans who fought against the Japanese during Wold War II. How low can they go?

‘We all know that the privatised train operating companies are only in it for the money – they do not believe they are running a public service, they just want to squeeze the punters for the pennies – but ripping off the heroes of the war against the Japanese is beyond the pale, even for them.

‘People deserve to be treated better than this. Especially the men and women who fought for Britain during the Second World War. But also the passengers who, every day, are paying over the odds because the firms make a profit rather than providing a service.’

Veterans slammed the ‘money-grabbing’ firm – which dropped its £20 fare to the capital on Saturday 15 August to cash in on VJ Day, marking 70 years since the end of the war against Japan – saying South West Trains ‘should be ashamed of themselves.’

South West Trains, which is owned by the Stagecoach group, blamed ‘market conditions.’ A spokesman said: ‘It’s all a question of supply and demand; that’s the way a market works. More people wanted to travel on VJ Day, so we were able to put up our prices.’

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