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McNulty signals higher fares

19 May 2011

Off peak fares could jump over 30% over the next three years if Ministers accept the McNulty Report, the TSSA warned today.

Off peak fares could jump over 30% over the next three years if Ministers accept the McNulty Report, the TSSA warned today.

All fares are due to rise annually by RPI plus 3 per cent until 2014 under increases already announced by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, said union leader Gerry Doherty.

"If inflation stays around 5%, passengers are already looking at huge increases of more than 20% over the next three years for all fares," he warned.

"And now McNulty wants some off peak fares to go even higher than that to ease over crowding around the rush hours.

"We could easily be looking at a 30% jump in off peak fares at a time when passengers are already paying the highest fares in Europe."

"This will particularly hit commuters into London the hardest, especially those who stagger their journeys to get cheaper fares.

"They are being squeezed until the pips squeak."

He said McNulty's to increases off peak fares and cut staff wages to cut costs was the wrong answer to a problem caused by the Tories "reckless" privatisation of a public service industry.

"Rail now costs the taxpayers £5 billion a year and we now have 100 private companies living off that publicly funded bonanza.

"It is a monument to John Major's biggest policy disaster."


 

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