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End 'Inflation Plus' fare rises says TSSA

14 March 2013

Ministers should scrap annual inflation plus fare increases with passengers now paying a record amount to travel. Figures from the ORR showed that in the last quarter of 2012, rail passengers paid £1.96 billion to travel on the network.

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, said:

"With rail passengers paying record amounts to travel, it is now high time for Ministers to scrap annual inflation plus fare increases.

"The last quarterly figure of £1.96 billion in fares does not include January's average 4.2 increase. When this is added, we will see passengers paying out over £2 billion a quarter to travel on the most expensive network in Europe.

"And Ministers still want to punish them with more annual rises above the cost of living. It really is now time to stop the persecution of commuters.

"It is ironic that record passenger revenues were achieved during some of the worst winter weather which saw frequent service breakdowns caused by maintenance cutbacks."

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