Local rail passengers hit by new fare increases


RAIL commuters in Ashton-under-Lyne will now pay 24 per cent more for their train fares under the Tories, because of another year of fare hikes.  

The new fare increases came into effect on Saturday (2nd  January 2016).

Figures released by Labour show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Ashton to Huddersfield has risen by £412 or 24 per cent since 2010.

A season ticket now costs local people more than £2,000.   

Local Labour MP Angela Rayner slammed the Tory government for hammering passengers and commuters.

She said: “Rail passengers in Ashton-under-Lyne have been hit yet again by eye-­‐watering train fare rises.

"Fares have rocketed by 24 per cent under the Tories, yet most people’s pay packets have not grown by anything like that.

“For many people in Ashton, travelling by train is not a luxury, it’s how they get to work or college every  day.

"A season ticket to Huddersfield now costs £2,072 - a massive increase under David Cameron and George Osborne.    

“Labour wants to bring the railways back into public ownership and control, so they can be run for passengers not profit."

•Fares data for 2010 has been taken from the Avantix Traveller (National Fares Manual) database. Fares data for 2016 is taken from the National Rail season ticket calculator: http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/seasonticket/search  

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