· Labour forces Commons vote to oppose Government plans to introduce new ‘Super Peak’ tickets on the most popular rail services
· Government’s Rail Fares & Ticketing Review suggests introducing a new higher charge for part of peak-time and increasing it by as much as seven per cent more than other tickets each year and by ‘an additional 40 per cent over the course of five years’
· Government broke their promise to cap fares at one per cent above inflation, with fares rising by as much as 9.2 per cent this month as a result
Labour will today (Wednesday) force a Commons vote on the Government’s proposals to introduce a new ‘Super Peak’ rail ticket that would see commuters forced to pay more to travel on the most popular train services. Labour’s motion also proposes strictly enforcing the cap on annual fare rises, which the Government has allowed train companies to turn into an average rise meaning some fares have risen by as much as 9.2 per cent this month. Labour is also criticising the Government’s attempt to use the allocation of Better Bus Area funding to put pressure on transport authorities to abandon plans to take control over setting bus fares, despite fares rising on average by twice the rate of inflation last year.
Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:
“Commuters paying thousands for a season ticket should not be forced off peak-time trains. Buried in the Government’s Rail Fares and Ticketing Review is a plan to charge commuters even more to travel on the most popular train services, even though many are overcrowded and with no guarantee of a seat. If they get away with introducing these new Super Peak tickets, the Government’s own plans suggest increasing them by significantly more than other tickets each year and by a staggering 40 per cent over five years, pricing many commuters off the services they rely on to get to work.
“David Cameron has already broken his promise to hard pressed commuters to cap this year’s fare rises at one per cent above inflation, with some fares rising by as much as 9.2 per cent as a result. He should now demand that his out of touch Transport Ministers rule out their misguided plan for a new Super Peak fare and finally ban train companies from hiking fares beyond a strict cap, as Labour has committed to do.”