Along with activists across the country, we started the new year speaking to local commuters as part of Labour’s National Rail Campaign Day – with
#TheDailySqueeze trending on social media.
This year sees yet another increase of 3.1% in rail fares, adding further strain on the finances of millions of commuters across the country. This is in addition to:
- Since the Conservatives came into government in 2010, rail fares have risen by an average of 36% and as much as 45% in some areas.
- Last year saw the worst service punctuality figures since 2006, with 14% of trains arriving late.
- Transport Secretary, Chris ‘Failing’ Grayling has blamed the latest rise on trade unions.
- Over £1bn has been paid in dividends to shareholders in private rail companies.
Ali Milani, our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, spoke to commuters in Uxbridge about the Conservatives’ ongoing rail failure and Labour’s plans.
In contrast, under Labour:
- Sadiq Kahn has frozen TfL fares for the third consecutive year.
- In government, Labour will bring rail back into public ownership, running services for people not profit to deliver better reliability and value for money.
- Cap train fares, ending the Tories’ inflation busting fare rises.
- Create a fully integrated transport system, along with local buses, to improve accessibility and affordability.
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