Rail betrayal
Rail betrayal

Louise Haigh MP for Sheffield Heeley has condemned Tory Ministers after a brutal 3.8% train fares hike was announced this morning (1 March).

Labour has compared the costs on over 180 train routes between when the Conservatives came to power and the projected new prices that will be implemented this January 2020.

And this new analysis shows for commuters in Sheffield, they will be paying £1,078 for a season ticket between Sheffield and Derby since the Tories came to power.

The average commuter nationwide faces paying a staggering £3,263 for their season ticket – £1069, or 49% more, than in 2010.

New figures released today by Labour show:

  • Average fares will rise to 48.9% more than they were in 2010.
  • That some commuters will be paying over £3,900 more to travel to work than in 2010.
  • Average fares have risen twice as fast as wages.

Louise Haigh MP, said:

“This brutal Tory fare hike will be a nightmare for millions of passengers.

“Many families in Sheffield are already struggling to make ends meet and facing soaring taxes and bills will now be clobbered with an eyewatering rise in the cost of the commute. Rather than give them a helping hand the Tories have piled on more misery.

“The worst part is that the communities who will feel the brunt of years of broken promises, empty words and no action, are at the same time being squeezed by the Conservatives’ tax hikes and rising bills, as those with the broadest shoulders remain largely untouched.

“Many will wonder what planet Ministers are on if they think people can afford this? People up and down this country are paying the price for a crisis made in Downing Street.”

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