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West Coast Ticket Rise 'Outrage' - Cortes

7 November 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has hit out after a warning that ticket prices on the West Coast mainline between London and Scotland may be set to rise.

The UK's competition watchdog has raised concerns train ticket prices could climb under the new operators of the franchise. FirstGroup and Trenitalia won the contract to run the rail route between London Euston and Glasgow or Edinburgh as of next month.
The Competition and Markets Authority said that on 21 routes, passengers would have little or no option but to choose a service run by FirstGroup.

Commenting Cortes said: “The warning that prices may be about to rise on the West Coast mainline just goes to show how utterly ridiculous rail privatisation is and has always been.

“The model has never worked because the idea of competition is a mirage. The franchising of our rail network has been nothing more than a licence to print money for the companies and greedy shareholders.

“How can it be that after years of being taken for a ride by Virgin the public are about to be fleeced by FirstGroup and Trenitalia? It’s an outrage - rail passengers will rightly be furious.

“Frankly there’s only one way out of this mess – a Labour Government which will put our railways back in public hands and end the great rail rip off.”

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