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Peterborough’s Labour MEP Slams 27 Per Cent Tory Rail Fare Hikes

Posted by Alex Mayer on 3rd January 2017

Peterborough commuters face an unwelcome ticket price hike on their first day back to work.

On the day the price rise came into force, Labour MEP Alex Mayer and local campaigners were outside Peterborough Railway Station to slam the near 27 per cent price hike under the Tories.

The increase will push the price of a season ticket to London to over £6300 a year. A Peterborough to Kings Cross season ticket now costs £1,300 more a year than in 2010.

Alex Mayer MEP said: “The Government are failing passengers. Peterborough commuters have been hit again and again by eye-watering rail fare rises under this Tory Government. Wages simply haven’t gone up at the same rate as fares.

“We need to be encouraging people onto trains not putting obstacles in the way. That’s why I’m proud the city’s main rail line has been improved by being on the EU Trans-European network for trade.

“British commuters spend six times more on train travel than elsewhere in Europe.”

“Labour wants investment in a 21st century railway, a system that listens to passengers and fairer fares which is why we will bring the railways into public ownership so that can be run for passengers not for profit.”