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Jo McCarron talks to commuters about rail fare hike

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Jo McCarron and local Labour activists spoke with commuters at Temple Meads this week about the New Year hike in rail fares.

Commuters returning to work after the Christmas break will be hit by the fourth consecutive inflation-busting increase in rail fares under David Cameron’s Government.

Prices between Bristol Temple Meads and London are rising by around 3.1%. An annual season ticket between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads is going up from £1,460 to £1,504, a rise of £44.

Ticket prices have gone up 20% since this Conservative Government came to power in 2010.

Jo McCarron said, “We spoke to dozens of commuters at Temple Meads on Monday. The last thing they want and need as they start back at work is yet another hike in rail fares. Household budgets are under increasing pressure with the cost of essentials like food, fuel and childcare continuing to rise while wages stagnate – further rail fare hikes are making things even harder for commuters.

“Of course I welcome the recent change the Government made to the cap on regulated rail fares, but there is still too much flexibility with ticket prices being allowed to rise by more than 5%. That's 2% above inflation.

"Commuters are being hit year after year – it’s time for a strict cap on rail fares, which Labour has been calling for for months and will continue to campaign for to prevent another fare hike next year.”

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