MP Gwynne slams rail fare increases
Thursday 4th January 2018 @ 16:00 by Adam Higgins
Denton & Audenshaw News

Andrew Gwynne has slammed the new year rail fare increases which have been introduced across the region this week. 

The Denton and Reddish MP described the latest hike as “staggering” and is concerned by the huge rise in ticket prices seen across Greater Manchester.

They have risen by an average of 3.4 per cent across the country in what has been the biggest increase in five years since 2013, with many passengers seeing the price of their season ticket go up by hundreds of pounds.

In Greater Manchester, the price hike comes on top of a number of operator-led increases in recent months, with Northern increasing some of its unregulated fares by nearly 10 per cent in May last year.

It means a single ticket for a journey between Reddish North and Manchester Piccadilly has increased 50p to £4.10 and a season ticket between Piccadilly and Stockport has risen by £31.

Some commuters in Tameside and Greater Manchester have criticised the price increases, as they face paying almost five per cent of their annual salaries for a season ticket into the city centre, while there are three strikes planned for next week.

The current Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, also came under fire for leaving the UK for Qatar on the same day the rail fare increases came into force.

Commenting on the increases, Mr Gwynne said: “The Tories’ failure on our railways now means that passengers face truly staggering fare rises across the country, with fares increasing three times faster than wages.

“Since 2010 rail fares have continued to see rises year on year, with this year’s rise being the biggest since 2013. Services have not kept up with demand however and passengers are now struggling to cope with even bigger season and single ticket costs.

“I believe that passengers deserve better than a Transport Secretary who isn’t even around to defend his weak record.”