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Tory privatisation the cause of vast rail fares

10 April 2015

In response to the Conservative's rail fares plans, TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: "The Tories belated conversion to inflation-only fares increases is welcome. Everyone recognises the sinner that repents, even at one minute to midnight.

"But we must remember it was their crazy decision to privatise our railways 20 years ago which has seen fares more than treble on the most popular routes since then - a staggering 246% in peak fares between London and Manchester is but one example.

"Now after starting the inferno on fares, they want to claim credit for stopping it just ahead of the general election. I think the jury will still find them guilty for rip off rail fares on May 7."

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