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Labour's Shadow Rail Minister visits Buxton

High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood MP in Buxton on Thursday 19th March.

Local residents and Labour councillors attended a lively meeting in Buxton to discuss HS2 and the impact of the increase in rail fares which have had a major impact on commuters budgets. 

Residents told Caitlin and Lilian that they were concerned that HS2 would have no economic benefits for local communities and that investments to local transport should take priority.  The recent hike in rail fares was also an area of great concern. 

Labour's Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood MP said: ‎"It's clear that Buxton needs high quality rail services, and it was really useful to discuss some of the challenges the area faces with Caitlin Bisknell." 

“Under the Conservatives season tickets have gone up by over 20% since 2010, and last year the Government raised the cost of an evening return to Manchester by more than 60% - making life even more difficult for commuters, and damaging Buxton's tourism industry." 

“High Peak deserves a better deal and Caitlin is a passionate and effective advocate on behalf of passengers." 

Caitlin Bisknell said "A Labour government would reform the railways, simplify the ticketing system and enforce a strict cap on fares on every route." 

“It would also give passengers a voice in how the railways are run and stop them getting fleeced at ticket machines by making it a legal right for passengers to be sold the cheapest available ticket for their journey." 

“The Coalition government talks about 'fair fares for comfortable commuting' but this is a world away from the reality of using trains to travel in and out of the High Peak"

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