Rail fare rises 2020

01 January 2020

On the eve of another round of above-inflation rail fare rises, 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? Not for passengers, not for businesses, and not for the British economy which needs a modern rail network to move people, pacakages, and freight around this country. Commuters complain about 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 new chum at the DfT, Grant Shapps, are pushing up prices. Again! What a way to run the railway! We are calling for Britains railways to be brought back into public ownership. That will bring down fares, while the profits can be reinvested in our railway instead of being shipped abroad in dividends to shareholders.’



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