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Labour Members Protest Train Fare Rises

Guildford Labour Party members spoke to travellers last Tuesday about forthcoming rail fare increases due to be announced that day.

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Supporters Nick Trier, Michael Hassell and Brian Walter handed out over a thousand postcards as part of the Action for Rail campaign to limit fare increases in January.

 Many passengers were very concerned that whilst wages are stagnating, rail fares could well increase by up to 5%, making them barely affordable for Guildford’s already hard-pressed commuters.

One member of the public who stopped for a chat said that if she had to pay another £300-£400 for her season ticket it would be taken away from the money available to spend on her children.

The Labour Party has recently announced that it will allow public sector operators to compete for rail franchises and tougher caps on rail fares after 6% rises in 2011 and 2012 have hit commuters hard.

 Guildford PPC Richard Wilson said:

I’ve spoken to dozens of passengers over the past few months who have found their travel costs, as with living expenses, rising quicker than their wages resulting in less money to live on each month. The way we operate the railways needs reforming but the coalition is simply letting prices spiral with no signs of a remedy.

“The government had already cost taxpayers over £50 million with the West Coast Main Line debacle; a Labour government would make these processes more competitive, more accountable and more affordable.

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