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Rail passengers Downing Street protest over fares hike

10 September 2012

Rail passengers were urged today to protest directly to the Prime Minister over the 6.2% increases in fares in the New Year.

They were urged to sign a Downing Street e-petition urging David Cameron to cancel the rise and freeze fares instead.

The call came from TSSA rail union leader Manuel Cortes at the Trades Union Congress in Brighton.

He urged all 600 delegates, and the TUC's 6 million strong union members, to back the petition, pointing out the Coalition has already increased fares by 12% since June 2010.

"The latest increase will mean an 18% hike in three years and a total increase of 25% in the full five years of this Government.

"We must send a message to Downing Street that that sort of punishment for rail passengers is completely unacceptable.

"The Prime Minister keeps saying we are all in the age of austerity together. Well rail passengers will simply regard that as hogwash given the hammering they have taken from this Government.

"He must do a u-turn on these increases before January and he must do it soon."

If the petition attracts more than 100,000 signatures, it has to be debated on the floor of the House of Commons.

The petition can be found at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/37465

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