Maria Eagle MP, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to reports of planned rail fare rises in January 2013 that are significantly above the one per cent above inflation limit claimed by the Government, said:
“David Cameron claimed he had taken action to limit January’s fare rises to no more than one per cent above inflation. The reality facing commuters in the new year is season tickets costing hundreds of pounds more thanks to the Government’s decision to give back to train companies the right to hike fares by up to another five per cent on top of the so-called cap.
“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.”