Time to end the Daily Squeeze
2 January 2019
Labour activists in Ilkeston and Long Eaton have been at their local rail stations this morning talking to commuters about the latest rail fare increases.
Since the Tories came to power rail fares have increased by 36% on average, leaving some passengers paying thousands of pounds more each year. For example, since 2010 the cost of an annual season ticket from Long Eaton to Derby has risen £648 to £900 – an increase of £252 or 39%. The most expensive season tickets have risen by 45%.
The cost of the average ticket has increased three times faster than wages over that period and rail users here now face some of the highest fares in Europe. The Tory government could have used it’s powers to cap regulated fares. Instead they have let train companies off the hook again and failed to stand up for millions of passengers.
Labour would bring our railways into public ownership, meaning a better deal for passengers:
- Capped fares and end the Tories inflation-busting fare rises;
- Better, more reliable services by investing profits that currently go to private companies in our rail services;
- Investment in new infrastructure to boost economic growth, create jobs and rebalance the economy.
Cllr John Frudd, who joined activists at Ilkeston, said “Increasing rail fares by 36% when wages have gone up by nothing like that in the same period is ridiculous. Passengers aren’t even getting a better service for their money with local services plagued by reliability problems”.