UK’s rip-off rail­ways’

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

work­ing for pas­sen­gers, not just train com­pa­nies, then value for money needs to be a key part of the up­com­ing Govern­ment re­view and pas­sen­gers must re­ceive au­to­matic com­pen­sa­tion for de­lays and can­cel­la­tions.”

Trans­port Salaried Staffs As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary, Manuel Cortes, said it was “an­nual kick-in-theteeth time”.

Re­act­ing to the rail fares an­nounce­ment, he said: “New year rail fare rises are more re­li­able in Tory Bri­tain than the weather or our be­lea­guered rail ser­vices.

“Pas­sen­gers de­serve a break from this an­nual, le­galised, pri­va­tised rail rip-off.

“As com­muters pack into their over­crowded trains again to­day they will be at a loss to un­der­stand why this Govern­ment thinks it’s OK to carry on hav­ing chunky fare hikes dumped on them.

“After a year of se­ri­ous sys­temic dis­rup­tion as the pri­vati­sa­tion model falls apart, a fare freeze would have been ap­pro­pri­ate, but once again hard-pressed com­muters are be­ing milked like cash cows into pay­ing more money for less ser­vice – less seats, less staff and too of­ten th­ese days no trains at all.”

Shadow trans­port sec­re­tary, Andy Mc­Don­ald, said 2018 had been “a painful year for rail pas­sen­gers”.

“Th­ese in­creases show a Govern­ment and rail in­dus­try out of touch with pas­sen­ger con­cerns,” he said.

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