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TSSA Welcomes Transport Committee's Report on Rail Future

4 January 2013

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes welcomed the Transport Select Committee's stand against even higher peak fares.

"This is the clearest warning to Ministers against going down the route of rationing rail travel by pricing passengers off trains through Super Peak Fare tickets.

"With thousands of passengers in the South East now paying over £5,000 a year for an annual season ticket, that well is already clearly running dry.

"We also welcome the clear rejection by the committee of the McNulty Report's central proposal, the closure of 750 smaller ticket offices with the axing of thousands of station staff jobs.

"We cannot cut our way to an affordable railway through another round of Beeching-style cutbacks. We need to end the fragmention of our industry which has led to duplication and the highest fares in Europe."

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