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Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to reports that Ministers will not be backing down on the scale of planned rail fare rises, said:

"If Ministers go ahead with their plan to allow train companies again to hike rail fares by as much as 11 per cent, it will show how out of touch they are with the cost of living crisis facing families. Many season tickets now cost more than rent or mortgage payments meaning that simply getting to work is becoming the largest single household bill.

"When even the National Audit Office has questioned whether hiking fares really benefits the taxpayer or private train companies, Ministers should listen to Labour's call for a one per cent above inflation cap on fare rises strictly applied across all routes."

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