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Response to rail fare rises - Lillian Greenwood

Lillian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister, responding to the rise in rail fares, said:

“David Cameron has failed to stand up for everyday working people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, allowing the cost of some season tickets to rise by over 30 per cent since 2010 - forcing people to pay thousands of pounds more to sit or stand on increasingly overcrowded trains. 

“Out-of-touch Ministers might talk about 'comfortable commuting', but passengers on the morning commute know the reality of this Government's incompetence. 

“The collapse of franchising in 2012 cost over £50 million, and millions more has been lost through reduced premium payments. That money could have been used to address the cost of living crisis, but now passengers are paying the price instead. 

“The Government has no plan for the railways and won't deliver the change passengers need. Only Labour would put passengers first by reforming the railways and enforcing a strict cap on every route.”

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