Rail Fares Up - Yet Again

30 November 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has slammed the Rail Delivery Group and privatised train operating companies for another big increase in rail fares for hard-pressed passengers. Fares increase by an average of 3.1% from 2 January.


‘The train companies are telling passengers to pay more for a poorer service. That’s not a great offer, is it? For passengers – or voters at the next election.


‘Commuters complain about persistent delays and cancellations, the consumer group Which? says the privatised train operators are one of this country’s least-trusted groups – beaten to bottom place only by second-hand car dealers – commuters' wages aren’t keeping up with the increased cost of fares and yet the train companies and their friend at the DfT, Chris Grayling, are pushing up prices yet again! What a way to run the railway…


‘The trouble is that the privatised train companies aren’t interested in delivering a proper public service for passengers, only in delivering a private profit for their shareholders. The Transport Secretary is turning a blind eye to the problems while the companies are laughing all the way to the bank.’


Mick added: ‘Passengers are paying the penalty fare for privatisation, a flawed and failing model that everyone can see doesn’t work. Hundreds of millions of pounds are haemhorraging from our industry every year – money desperately needed to improve our infrastructure, to continue with electrification, and reduce passenger fares which are among the highest in the world.’

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