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Trains risk becoming 'a rich man's toy'

12 August 2012
Protesters dressed as “Train Toffs” will re-enact the famous image of the Bullingdon Club outside Waterloo Station, London, today.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“The last transport secretary Phillip Hammond said he thought that rail was a “rich man’s toy” and his replacement Justine Greening has not been able to persuade George Osborne to limit next year’s severe fare rises. Our railways need to be affordable to ordinary people, not just “train toffs” on high incomes.”

The Campaign for Better Transport has released a light-hearted campaign video showing what could happen if the railways are allowed to become the preserve of the ‘train toffs’.

This can be viewed at http://youtu.be/dmGjeDsj8yg


Notes to Editors

1. The protest forms part of the Campaign for Better Transport’s Fair Fares Now campaign which calls for cheaper, simpler, fairer rail ticketing www.fairfaresnow.org.uk

2. The demonstration is being organised by the Fair Fares Now campaign with support from organisations including Climate Rush, RMT and TSSA.

3. The demonstration will coincide with the announcement at 9.30 am on the 14 August of the latest retail price index (RPI) from the Office of National Statistics. The Government announced in the Spending Review that regulated fares will increase by RPI+3% for three years from 2012, with July’s RPI figure used to calculate the following January’s rise.

4. Under the Government’s plans, fares could rise three times faster than salaries. Commuters traveling to London from places such as Ashford, Aylesbury, Cambridge, Canterbury, Colchester, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading and Tunbridge Wells will see their season ticket costs rise by more than £1000 between 2011-2015.