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Fat Controller Cameron Inflicts More Pain On Commuters

3 January 2012

The Prime Minister was personally blamed for higher rail fares today when he was depicted as The Fat Controller at a protest demo in London.

Placards showing him as the Thomas the Tank engine character greeted returning commuters on their first day back at work after being hit by an average 6% increase.

They were carried by members of the TSSA rail union who also organised a Fat Controllers Five trad jazz band to serenade the frustrated commuters as they arrived at St Pancras station.

It was part of a coalition of transport and green groups fighting this year's fares hike...and even bigger increases planned by the Coalition over the next two years.

"This is just the start of three years of real pain for all passengers," warned union general secretary Manuel Cortes.

"The £4,000 annual season ticket is now common place in the South East. By 2015, the £5,000 annual season ticket will be as well thanks to Ministers insisting on inflation plus an extra 3% on top of that in 2013 and 2014.

"Mr Cameron talks glibly about everyone sharing the pain. Well rail passengers are taking the biggest share of the pain while Ministers and MPs travel for free on the most expensive network in Europe."

The Fat Controller placards featuring the PM were captioned:
Fat Profits For Me
Higher Fares For You

Other groups backing the protest included Campaign for Better Transport, Climate Rush and a Bring Back British Rail group. Under the banner, Together for Transport, they urged commuters to write to MPs and Ministers calling for the big fare rises in 2013 and 2014 to be cancelled.

"We are looking at another 20% jump in fares over the next three years if inflation stays around the four per cent mark," warned the union leader.

"No one can afford that. It will simply be daylight robbery."

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