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Jan 05 2013

Gareth Says: Campaign Against Inflation Busting Fare Rises

gareth_thomas_headshot1Gareth Thomas, local MP for Harrow West, is launching a campaign against inflation busting fare rises.

Prime Minister David Cameron has once again failed to honour his promises. On the eve of the Conservative Party conference last Autumn, Mr Cameron promised to cap fare rises to 1% above inflation. Instead, commuters are facing fare rises of up to 9.2%. This means that an annual travelcard from zone 5 to 1 has increased by £80 – from £1,992 to £2,072.

Many Harrow commuters have faced a nasty New Year shock and Labour have called for the Government to  come clean with commuters that this is a direct result of their decision to cave in to pressure from private train companies to let them hike ticket prices beyond the so-called cap.

Labour will oppose any measure that makes it harder for passengers to secure the cheapest ticket deal.

Gareth Thomas MP said: “The price hikes we have seen this New Year are unacceptable, an increase of £80 a year is a considerable amount. Commuters in Harrow simply cannot afford to pay these fares. Once again they have been let down by a Prime Minister who cannot keep his promises. To support our campaign, please sign the petition against fare rises.”

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