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TAKE A HIKE! Watford candidate speaks out against hike in train fares

 Published on: 6th March 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Campaigners have gathered to protest the latest hike in train fares, which came into force over last weekend.

Earlier this year, the Department for Transport announced that rail fares were set to rise by an average of 4.9 per cent, which came into action on March 3. To minimise the impact on rail users, all money from ticket sales will be passed back to the government to help run and improve the railway.

Commuters facing the journey to work this week were confronted with the fare increase, which Watford Labour argues is leaving them even worse off in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis.

Matt Turmaine, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Watford, said: “Rail users are already feeling sore from the previous fare hikes – to land this latest one on them now puts the government and the train companies very firmly on the wrong side of the tracks.

“Train fares have risen at almost twice the rate of wages since 2010, yet the cancellations and poor service seems to get worse and worse. Labour has a plan to put passengers first and will take the railways back into public ownership over time, so they are run for our benefit as users instead.”

 

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