Commuters have had enough! Greens speak out against massive rail fare hike

Rail fares are due to rise by 6.2% from January 2013, the Government announced today.

Train companies are permitted to increase fares by 3% above the July Retail Price Index measure of inflation, which now stands at 3.2%.

Many people living in our Borough commute to work by train – and many have told us they have had enough – it’s been one massive rail fare hike after another.

Commuters in the south-east routinely spend up to 15% of their salary getting to work in London, according to the Campaign for Better Transport.

Bryn Truscott, a Green Councillor in Redhill and a commuter, said, “The government seems happy to allow rail companies to charge exorbitant fares while doing little to reduce over-crowding or improve our trains or rail network.”

“The Government railway subsidy is massive – much higher than in British Rail days – yet we have some of Europe’s highest fares coupled with travelling conditions that almost force passengers away.

“The problem is the siphoning of taxpayer subsidy into shareholder profits instead of investment in the rolling stock and network.”

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