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Tories Turn Rail Into Rich Man's Toy As Promised

14 August 2012

Tens of thousands of commuters will be forced to pay over £5,000 a year for their season tickets with fares now rising twice as fast as inflation, the TSSA revealed today.

Home Counties travellers into London will from January be 
forking out over £100 a week just to get to work, a union 
survey revealed today.
 
Commuters from Bedford in the north to Battle in the South, 
Manningtree in the east and Newbury in the west will all be 
paying over £5,000 a year with another inflation busting rise 
of 5% due in 2014 on top of next January's average 6.2%.

"Justine Greening seems determined to prove her predecessor 
Philip Hammond right and turn the railways into a rich man's  
toy," said union general secretary Manuel Cortes.
 
"It is a complete nonsense to say fares have to rise above 
inflation every year to pay for new rail projects.
 
"Air travellers don't pay higher taxes to get new runways built 
and motorists certainly don't pay more for new roads. Why should 
rail passengers be singled out to pay for new lines?
 
"This is all about squeezing a captive audience, the commuter, 
until the pips squeak. It is little more than daylight robbery."
 
The £5,000 a year Commuters Club from 1 January 2013 after a
a 6% increase in fares.
 
Manningtree (Essex)    Now £4860         January 2013  £5110
 
Newbury (Berks)           £4820                    £5053
 
Bedford (Beds)             £4896                     £5080
 
Baldock (Herts)            £4,800                    £5,090
 
Kings Lynn(Norfolk)     £4,980                   £5375
 
Battle (Sussex)             £5,000                    £5,300
 
Biggleswade (Herts)   £5,000                    £5,300   
 

 

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