Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Taunton Deane has condemned fare rises that will add hundreds of pounds a year to people’s travel costs. Neil Guild says Labour would reverse discredited Tory policies that are pushing rail travel out of people’s reach.
Rail fares are due to rise by well above the inflation rate of 3.5% in January 2015, with some fares rising by up to 5.5%, adding hundreds of pounds to the cost of season tickets. For people in Taunton this means that a season ticket to Bristol has increased by £580 since 2010. The same ticket is predicted to rise by a further £676 to £4,100 by 2018, according to figures from the House of Commons Library.
Neil Guild said:
“As a town Taunton relies heavily on its transport links and strategic location within the South West region. It has recently been announced that £4.8 million will be spent on Taunton railway station over the next two years as part of the Local Growth Fund. But the fare hike announced today, along with future predicted rise, jeopardises the value of that investment and Taunton’s attractiveness as a location for future business investment.
“What should be a reliable, sustainable alternative to road travel becomes ever further out of reach for many people. Families or businesses looking to relocate to Taunton will inevitably be discouraged from doing so due to the increasing cost of transport.
Inflation-Busting Fare Rises
“This Tory and Liberal Democrat government has failed to stand up for working people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. They have allowed train companies to sting passengers with inflation-busting fare rises of over 20 per cent since 2010
“We can’t go on like this. The choice facing passengers is between fares rising another 24 per cent by 2018 under the Tories, or a Labour Government which will cap annual fares on every route and enact the biggest railway reforms since the Tories’ botched privatisation, delivering a better deal for passengers and taxpayers.”
Neil Guild, Labour Party PPC for Taunton Deane – 0795 0700872