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Rail fare rises under Tories are ‘truly staggering’

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Labour compared costs on nearly 200 routes between 2010, when the Conservatives came to power, and the new prices that will be implemented this Monday, 02 January 2016. Commuters in Chester face the steepest season ticket price hikes in the North West.  

The average commuter is now paying £2,788 for their season ticket, £594 more than in 2010.

New figures released by Labour show:

  • Some commuters are paying over 30% more to travel to work than in 2010.
  • The highest increase in the North West was on a season ticket between Chester and Manchester which will have risen by £740 since 2010 and now costs £2908.
  • A season ticket from Chester to Crewe has risen by 33% since 2010 reaching £1892. 
  • In Theresa May’s own constituency the cost of an annual season ticket from Maidenhead to London Paddington has risen by £628 since 2010.

 Chester MP Chris Matheson, said:

“Chester commuters won't be surprised to hear that our price increases are the worst in our region - we are used to being clobbered by year-on-year increases. Surely now enough is enough?

“If this was going on newer trains, more services, line upgrades and increased capacity we could accept it. It isn't though: this cash is lining the pockets of the bosses of privatised rail companies.

 “We have to stop clobbering people for going to work, end the rip off fares and drive the privateers out of our fractured railways - they should be run for public service not private profit.”

Commenting, Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

 “Passengers have faced truly staggering fare rises of over £2,000 since 2010. In some cases, commuters are paying forty three per cent more as a direct consequence of decisions made by Ministers. Fares have risen more than three times faster than wages and passengers on some routes have also been hit by ‘stealth fare rises’ of up to 162 per cent.

“Passengers were always told that higher fares were necessary to fund investment, but vital projects have been delayed by years and essential maintenance works have been put on hold.

“The truth is that our heavily fragmented railways mean that it takes years longer and costs much than it should to deliver basic improvements. The railways need reforms that could be implemented if public ownership was extended to passenger services, but Ministers are persisting with a failed model for purely ideological reasons.”

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