17th August 2016 - Islwyn MP says rail fares force people to pay to work
Islwyn MP Chris Evans has said that rail fare prices are forcing people to pay ever greater costs simply to get to work after it emerged that regulated rail fares in England and Wales will rise by 1.9% in January.
The price rises have continued the trend of soaring ticket costs, which have increased by 25% since 2010. According to the Trades Union Congress, average wages have not kept pace with increased rail fares after rising by just 12% over the same period.
Figures produced by the Office for Rail and Road show that over 179,000 rail journeys were started from stations in Islwyn, including 55,000 by season ticket holders, between 2014 and 2015.
Mr Evans said: ‘People in my constituency should be encouraged to use public transport to get to work, doing their bit to reduce road pollution and congestion.
‘I know that vast numbers of my constituents catch crowded trains every day from Risca, Crosskeys and Newbridge train stations to get to work in Cardiff and beyond.
‘The new rail fare increase will hit their pockets yet again and, in effect, forces them to pay over the odds just to do the right thing and go to work using public transport. I believe this is wrong and the government must act now to bring rail fares down, not up.’
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