Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has slammed the Government ahead of a 3.8% rail fare rise coming into force tomorrow (Tuesday).
Labour has compared the costs on over 180 train routes between when the Conservatives came to power and the projected new prices that will be implemented.
This analysis shows for commuters in Greater Manchester, they will be paying an average of 49% more for season tickets than in 2010. This equates to around £816 pounds more per year.
The rail fare increase means that some commuters will be paying over £3,900 more to travel to work than in 2010. On average, rail fares have risen twice as fast as wages in the last 12 years.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“As cost-of-living continues to soar, families across Denton and Reddish are already struggling to make ends meet. Instead of helping, the Tories have subjected people to more misery.
In Greater Manchester, we aren’t getting the proper rail investment needed, and we’re paying more than ever before. It isn’t right, and the Government needs to step up and do something about it.
Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, added:
“This brutal Tory fare hike will be a nightmare for millions of passengers.
Families already facing soaring taxes and bills will now be clobbered with an eyewatering rise in the cost of the commute.
Many will wonder what planet Ministers are on if they think people can afford this?”