Cllrs cam­paign against rail fare in­crease

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

CAM­PAIGN­ERS tar­geted com­muters re­turn­ing to work af­ter the Christ­mas break as a rail fare kicked in.

Last Wed­nes­day, Labour coun­cil­lors vis­ited sta­tions in the bor­ough to hand out spe­cial copies of a cam­paign news­pa­per high­light­ing the party’s op­po­si­tion to the 3.1% in­crease in ticket prices.

Pro­test­ers in­cluded the coun­cil­lors for Bul­mer­she and White­gates, Andy Croy, and Nor­reys Ward, Rachel Burgess.

The duo stood out­side Wok­ing­ham sta­tion be­tween 6.30am and 8.30am to catch the first com­muters of the new year, helped by two other party mem­bers.

And in Ear­ley, com­muters also greeted by party mem­bers as part of the na­tion­wide de­mon­stra­tion.

“The av­er­age cost of rail travel has in­creased at more than three times the rate of wages. Time to stop this Tory ripoff,” said Cllr Burgess.

And Cllr Croy said that Labour wanted to in­tro­duce a cap on rail prices and also “pre­vent the rail­way ser­vices be­ing creamed off into pri­vate own­er­ship”.

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