Rail fares rise - again

02 December 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out after the announcement this morning that rail fares will rise by 2.3% in January.

‘It is scandalous that the government is allowing the privatised train companies to make even more money for providing an ever poorer service,’ said Mick. ‘This new price hike –well above the rate of inflation – is indefensible and designed to punish passengers. Fares have now soared 25% in the last six years.

‘The train companies see passengers as sheep to be fleeced but it is shameful that the government is going along with them. No wonder so many commuters, many of them Tory voters,are now saying they’ve had enough.

‘Just look at Southern – a company which MPs say lets down passengers every day of the year – yet wants to be rewarded even more handsomely for its failure to deliver on the pledges it made when it was awarded its franchise by the DfT.

‘We have the most expensive railway in Europe and the train companies, aided and abetted by this Conservative government, are about to make it even harder for people to travel at a time when so many families are only just about managing.’

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