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‘Rail Betrayal’ – Fares rise twice as fast as wages as local MP criticises government

Stephen Morgan MP has condemned Tory Ministers after a brutal 3.8% train fares hike was announced recently.

Labour has compared the costs on over 180 train routes between when the Conservatives came to power and the projected new prices that will be implemented this January 2020.

The average commuter nationwide faces paying a staggering £3,263 for their season ticket – £1069, or 49% more, than in 2010.

New figures released today by Labour show:

  • Average fares will rise to 48.9% more than they were in 2010.
  • That some commuters will be paying over £3,900 more to travel to work than in 2010.
  • Average fares have risen twice as fast as wages.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“Many families in Portsmouth are already struggling to make ends meet this Christmas, and rather than give them a helping hand the Tories have piled on more misery.

“With train times to London not dissimilar to what they were in the Victorian era, this is hardly value for money.

“The worst part is that the communities who will feel the brunt of years of broken promises, empty words and no action are at the same time being squeezed by the Conservatives’ tax hikes and rising bills, as those with the broadest shoulders remain largely untouched”.

Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, also said:

“This brutal Tory fare hike will be a nightmare before Christmas for millions of passengers.

“Families already facing soaring taxes and bills will now be clobbered with an eyewatering rise in the cost of the commute.

“Many will wonder what planet Ministers are on if they think people can afford this?

“People up and down this country are paying the price for a cost-of-living crisis made in Downing Street.”