RAIL FARES: Passengers hit by rises of 24% in Stockport under the Tories – Gwynne

Stockport_Station_02Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne says the latest rail fare increases will see people in his constituency “hundreds of pounds worse off”.

According to the Labour MP, commuters in Stockport are today paying over £400 more to travel to work on the train this year than in 2010.

It follows yesterday’s announcement that the cost of train tickets is set to increase by 1.1 per cent, meaning that many hard working commuters are now paying 25% more for their train fares than in 2010.

The new fare rises came into effect on Saturday 2nd January. Figures released by Labour show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Stockport to Warrington has risen by £416, or 24%, under the Conservatives.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“Passengers in my constituency have been hit again and again by eye-watering rail fare rises. Fares have now rocketed by 25 per cent under the Tories, far outstripping any increase in most people’s pay packets. Many local residents will now be hundreds of pounds worse off.

“For many people here, travelling by train isn’t a luxury – it’s how they get to work every day.

“Labour’s policy is to bring the railways into public ownership so they can be run for passengers, not profits for foreign firms. That means fairer fares, investment in a 21st century railway and giving passengers a stronger voice.”

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