LOCAL ANGER AT huge rail fare hikes

reddish south stationThe Government is forcing Northern Rail to introduce evening peak ticket restrictions on local rail services as part of their franchise extension.

The huge stealth fare hikes passengers will face from today has been revealed by new analysis from the Labour Party.

Off-peak tickets will no longer be valid on some train services which depart between 4.01pm and 6.29pm on weekdays .

Some passengers who previously used off-peak tickets face sharp increases in their fares. For example someone purchasing a return from Fairfield to Wigan will now have to pay £10, up from £4.20 – an increase of 138%. Likewise, a passenger purchasing a return from Reddish North to Manchester Piccadilly will see their fares almost double.

The Government’s recent proposals for the future of Northern and TransPennine services set out plans for further fare increases, cuts to services and continued use of old Pacer trains.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“Our local Tories and Lib Dems have failed to stop their bosses in Government from hitting people in Tameside and Stockport with huge fare rises. Part time workers, students and people on low pay who use off-peak tickets now face eye watering fare increases of 162%.

“Only Labour will tackle the cost-of-living crisis, stand up for local people and get a fair deal for people locally.”

Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, commenting on the hike in fares, said:

“David Cameron has allowed rail companies to hit passengers in Greater Manchester with inflation busting fare hikes. Ministers’ stealth fare rise means Greater Manchester Northern Rail passengers are now being hit with increases of up to 162%.

“People shouldn’t have to choose between paying more or waiting until after dark to travel. Commuting looks very different when you’re travelling in the back seat of a Government car. Labour would tackle the cost-of-living crisis by enforcing a strict cap on fare rises and reforming our railways for passengers, not profit.”

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