Government plot to raise fail fares

July 12, 2007 12:00 PM

David Howarth, MP for Cambridge, has expressed outrage at news that the Government was behind massive rail fare hikes.

The Department for Transport has told rail companies that they can only bid for franchises if they plan serious increases in unregulated rail fares. These fares have already risen by 18% above inflation in the last ten years and today's news suggests that they may rise a further 30% by the end of the 8 year rail franchises.

Mr Howarth commented:

"This is an outrage. We should be encouraging more people to get out of their cars and use public transport but instead the Government is behind massive price hikes.

David Howarth MP in the House of Commons

David Howarth MP

"We already have the most expensive rail fares in Europe; instead of rising prices we need greater investment in reliable and affordable public transport."

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