Ban train companies from hiking fares by more than 1 per cent above inflation
- Published on Monday, 13 August 2012 11:10
- Written by Scott Buckler
Maria Eagle MP, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, speaking in advance of next week's confirmation of the RPI rate to be used to determine rail fare rises said
"The Government should be easing the pressure on commuters by banning train companies from increasing ticket prices by more than one per cent above inflation across all routes.
"Ministers are putting the wrong people first by promising franchise bidders they can hike fares by eight per cent above inflation in both 2013 and 2014 and then six per cent above inflation every year for the rest of their contract. Yet at the same time successful franchise winners will be allowed to cut rail services, introduce more expensive 'super peak' tickets and close ticket offices, so passengers face paying more for less."