Rail fares rise again

29 November 2019

The privatised train operating companies will tonight announce that rail fares will rise by 2.7% in January, piling fresh misery on hard-pressed passengers just before the general election in December.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ trade union, said: ‘Once again the privatised train companies are telling passengers to pay more for a poorer service and that’s not a great offer, is it? Either for passengers – or for voters in the general election on 12 December. 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 secondhand car dealers! – wages aren’t keeping pace with inflation and yet the train companies, with the help of their chum at the DfT, Grant Shapps, are pushing up prices yet again! What a way to run the railway! The answer is to vote Labour and bring the railways back into public ownership. That will bring down fares, and the profits will be reinvested in our railway instead of being shipped abroad in dividendsto shareholders.’

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