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TSSA response to Chancellor's Spring Statement

13 March 2018

Responding to the government's Spring Statement TSSA transport union leader Manuel Cortes said:

“The Chancellor has done nothing again to alleviate increasing transport poverty both in terms of services available and the increasing cost of fares for passengers.
 
“There are two things that are certain each and every year, you grow older and rail fares increase. Rail fares have risen three times faster than wages since 2010. Hammond should have given a little cheer for our hard-pressed passengers. He should fully fund a fare freeze so that investment continues to flow into our railways whilst starting to address the highest fares in Europe. Unfortunately, he will maintain the status quo in which privateers continue laughing all the way to the bank at our expense. 
 
“If the economy has seen a boost, where are workers’ and passengers’ share?”

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