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Fares ‘raw deal’ for passengers

Paul Nettleton, chairman of the Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users Association

Paul Nettleton, chairman of the Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users Association

Rail users are getting a raw deal according to angry commuter groups, after it was announced fares are set to rise again.

Ticket prices are set to rise by an average of 2.8 per cent across the country from this Thursday, January 2.

Paul Nettleton, chairman of the Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users Association, said: “This is one where the Government have stepped in and said they’re not going to go up much above inflation, but it’s still not really good enough.

“It’s a bit of a compromise but at the end of the day commuters up here in the North West are still getting a raw deal.

“We’re having to put up with rolling stock which is 30 years old plus electrification is still two years away.”

And Mr Nettleton has warned that many regular rail users could be forced back into their cars if the increases continue.

He added: “The one saving grace at the moment is the cost of fuel and people are looking seriously at weighing up whether it’s cheaper to drive to work or go on the train, and in a lot of cases it’ll be cheaper to go by public transport.

“But if they keep doing this people will start to wonder if it’s worth it.”

Mr Nettleton’s sentiments have been echoed by Campaign for Better Transport chief executive Stephen Joseph.

Mr Joseph said: “Passengers will see season tickets going up three times faster than their wages.

“The Government needs to do more to stop the squeeze on commuters and avoid pricing people off the railways.”

 

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