MP LAUNCHES ATTACK on 20% train fare rises

Since 2010, the Government has allowed the train companies to hit passengers in Denton and Reddishpiccadilly with massive fare rises of over 20 per cent since 2010. The new fare rises came into effect on 2nd January 2015. Now some season tickets in Greater Manchester have risen more than 20 per cent since 2010, costing thousands of pounds more for commuters

For example, a season ticket from Manchester to Liverpool for people living in Denton and Reddish has gone up by 24 per cent, from £2,396 to £2,960.

And a season ticket from Manchester to Leeds, has gone up by 23 per cent from £2,416 to £2,980, an increase of £564.

Andrew Gwynne will campaign for a better deal for passengers and taxpayers. This can be done by reforming the railways, simplifying the ticketing system and enforcing a strict cap on fares on every route.

Labour will give passengers a voice in how the railways are run and stop passengers getting fleeced at ticket machines by making it a legal right for passengers to be sold the cheapest available ticket for their journey.

Commenting, Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“David Cameron is presiding over a rip-off railway in Britain. He has failed to stand up for working people in Denton and Reddish struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and has allowed the train companies to hit passengers with massive fare rises of over 20 per cent since 2010.”

“Some season tickets for passengers living in Denton and Reddish have no risen by over 24 per cent under this Government, forcing people to pay thousands of pounds more to commute to work on increasingly overcrowded trains.”

“Out-of-touch Ministers talk about ‘fair fares for comfortable commuting’ but this is a world away from the reality for millions of hard-up commuters living in Denton and Reddish.”

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