Rail Fare increases show Government's standing up for the wrong

Maria Eagle MP, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to today’s inflation figures which are used to calculate rail fares, said:  

"This is a government that puts the wrong people first. David Cameron’s decision to side with the powerful private train operators against commuters and passengers shows he is desperately out of touch with the cost-of-living crisis facing many hard-working families.

"At a time when people are struggling to make ends meet, Ministers have decided not only that fares should rise by three per cent above inflation, but also told the train companies that they can add up to another five per cent on top. That means many fares will rise by as much as eleven per cent - for three years in a row.

"Labour would be putting passengers first by banning train companies from increasing fares above a strict cap of one per cent above inflation across all routes. So while commuters could pay up to eleven per cent more every year under the Tories and Liberal Democrats, fares would rise by no more than one per cent above inflation under Labour."

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