Maria Eagle MP Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to protests against high rail fares, today said:
“David Cameron misled commuters when he promised to cap fare rises at one per cent above inflation. Many commuters faced a nasty New Year shock as they discovered fares have gone up by as much as 9.2 per cent.
“The Government should come clean with commuters that this is a direct result of their decision to cave in to pressure from the private train companies to let them hike ticket prices beyond the so called cap. The misery for passengers is set to continue as the Government’s plans to let train companies close ticket offices and introduce a new super peak ticket become a reality.
"A One Nation economy requires the spiralling cost of getting to work to be brought under control. Labour would strictly enforce the fare cap on every route and restore the ban on train companies imposing higher increases. Labour will oppose any measure that makes it harder for passengers to secure the cheapest ticket deal or forces hard pressed commuters to pay even more just to ensure their season ticket remains valid on every train.”