Rosie raises rail price rises with government

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22 Mar 2013
Rosie has urged the government to scrap its plans to increase rail fares for peak-time commuters. 

She believes proposals for a new “Super Peak” ticket, which will mean people travelling in the morning and evening rush hour pay more, are unfair. 

Rosie said: “Thousands of commuters travel from Doncaster station to their workplaces in other towns and cities across the region every day.

“Many travel to London, and cities in the North East and Scotland also.

“Most have no option but to travel at certain times of day, usually early morning and evening. The idea of making those people pay even more is hugely unfair and that’s why I’m calling on the government to think again.”

Ministers won a vote in Parliament earlier this year to introduce higher fares at peak times in a bid to tackle congestion on the railways.

The aim would be to smooth demand between 7-10am and 4-7pm to ease overcrowding on services.

Labour MPs opposed the plans, but were defeated.

Rosie added: “At a time when transport costs are rising and people across the country are facing a real squeeze, commuters paying thousands for a season ticket should not be forced off peak-time trains.

“If they get away with introducing these new Super Peak tickets, the government’s plans suggest peak time prices could go up by a staggering 40 per cent on top of planned fares rises over just five years.”

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Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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