Cut Rail Fares NOT Rail Staff
UK rail passengers already pay among the highest fares in Europe, but following last year’s inflation-busting fare rises, the government has just announced that rail fares will rise even more steeply in January, and again the year after.
At a time when incomes are being squeezed, ordinary working people are increasingly being priced off the railways.
At the same time, the government is asking train operating companies to shed thousands of station staff, guards, catering staff and booking offices in order to slash costs.
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Passengers are being asked to pay more to get less.
Meanwhile, private train operating companies continue to make tidy profits and pay out millions in dividends to their shareholders while increasing fares and taking millions in public subsidy.
The government has indicated that regulated fares (including most commuter journeys, season tickets and off-peak fares on most intercity journeys) will be increased by 3% above RPI inflation next January and again in January 2014.
That means an average 6.2% increase coming next year, adding hundreds of pounds onto the season tickets many need to get to their work, and stretching household budgets yet further.
We think enough is enough.
Please help us ask our MPs to stand up for UK rail users being asked to pay more for less, and hard working rail staff facing the loss of their livelihoods to keep operator profits on track.
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