Many people will be returning to work this week after the Christmas break and those who rely on the train for their commute will find that journeys come at a higher price.

On average fares have risen by 2.3% this week. Labour Party research shows that season tickets have gone up by an average of 27% since 2010, while the TUC found that rail fares have risen at more than twice the rate of inflation and wages over the last decade.

We are often told that higher fares are needed to fund improvements to the service, but after years of rises there is little sign of relief. Here in Bolton long promised developments have been delayed while passengers are left packed on to overcrowded carriages that are well past their use by date. It is not right for the Government to ask people to pay more without delivering a reliable day-to-day local service.

Labour is united in our call for a better railway. The confused and disjointed system allows train operators to milk passengers for more and more money whilst avoiding responsibility for upgrades. If you want to see a new approach to the railways, one that puts the public first instead of treating them like a problem, please sign our petition at www.labour.org.uk/railfares



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