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MP Gwynne condemns ‘eye-watering’ rail fare rises
Wednesday 4th January 2017 @ 14:40 by Adam Higgins
Community Denton & Audenshaw News

Rail passengers from Tameside will now be paying more for their tickets from this week, as a result of a New Year rise in fares.

Some commuters will now be paying 27 per cent more for their train fares than in 2010.

It was announced last month that fares would go up by an average of two per cent – price increases which came into effect on Monday.

Figures released by Labour show the average cost of an annual season ticket is now £594 more than 2010.

Closer to home, an annual season ticket from Manchester Piccadilly to Liverpool Lime Street has risen by £648 or 27 per cent in the last seven years.

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, described the hike in rail fares as ‘eye-watering’.

He added: “Passengers in Denton and Reddish have been hit again and again by eye-watering rail fare rises.

“Fares have now rocketed by 27 per cent under the Tories, far outstripping any increase in most people’s pay packets.

“For many people here, travelling by train isn’t a luxury, it’s how they get to work every day. A single ticket from Guide Bridge to Manchester now costs £3.70, or just over a £1 more per journey compared to 2010.

“Labour’s policy is to bring the railways into public ownership so they can be run for passengers not profit. That means fairer fares, investment in a 21st century railway and giving passengers a stronger voice.”