Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has condemned Tory Ministers after a brutal 3.8% train fares hike was announced this morning.
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 January 2020.
And this new analysis shows that on average, commuters in Greater Manchester will be paying 47% more than in 2010 for a season ticket.
In 2010, the average commuter in Greater Manchester would have paid an estimated £1987 for their season ticket. Labour analysis now estimates that in 2022 the average commuter will pay £2931 – an increase of almost £1000 – for their season ticket.
The average commuter nationwide faces paying a staggering £3,263 for their season ticket – £1069, or 49% more, than in 2010.
New figures released today by Labour show:
• Average fares will rise to 48.9% more than they were in 2010.
• That some commuters will be paying over £3,900 more to travel to work than in 2010.
• Average fares have risen twice as fast as wages.
Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:
“This brutal Tory fare hike will be a nightmare before Christmas 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?
People up and down this country are paying the price for a cost-of-living crisis made in Downing Street.”
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, said:
“Many families across Denton and Reddish are already struggling to make ends meet this Christmas, and rather than give them a helping hand the Tories have piled on more misery.
Greater Manchester has had to bear the brunt of years of broken promises. We were promised ‘Northern Powerhouse Rail’ to bring high speed rail travel to the north. We were lied to. Now, to make matters worse, not only are we not getting the requisite investment in transport infrastructure, we’re having to pay more for it!
This is totally unsustainable. Ordinary people are being squeezed by a rising cost of living, and the Conservatives are doing absolutely nothing to address it.”