Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the rise in rail fares, said:
“This is yet more evidence of the Tory rip-off railways. Rail fares have now risen almost three times faster than wages over the last five years. It is clear that passengers are being ripped off – forced to pay ever higher prices to travel on trains that are increasingly overcrowded and unreliable.
“This announcement confirms that from January the cost of rail travel will have risen by a quarter under the Conservatives. Some hard pressed commuters will even have faced fare hikes of over a third since 2010.
“Out of touch Ministers talk about “fair fares for comfortable commuting”, but the link between higher fares and investment in the rail network has been broken and commuters are not seeing the improvements they were promised.
“Rather than just re-announcing yet again a pilot compensation scheme, the Government should get on with delivering smart and simplified ticketing across the network, give passengers a real voice in how the railways are run and implement a proper compensation system that is not tied to the Conservative’s flawed franchising process so that it can be delivered quickly for all passengers.”