28 October 2014
Protestors against the recent introduction of evening peak fares on many Northern Rail routes gathered today at the Department for Transport in London to hand in a petition of over 4,000 signatures calling for the Government to reverse its decision.
Public Transport Campaigner Martin Abrams said:
"After train fares on many routes in the north of England more than doubled overnight, today we have brought Northern anger and frustration to the heart of Westminster. These fares penalise hard-working people, those who work shifts or in part time jobs. At a time when the Government should be supporting this growing workforce they are instead hiking fares to unaffordable levels.
“More than 4,000 people have supported our calls for these fares to be scrapped and we now call on Rail Minister Claire Perry and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to think again about these unfair fares, do the right thing and scrap them!"
Claire Perry listened to stories of how passengers on Northern Rail are now struggling to afford the train fare to part time courses, jobs and job interviews, before accepting the petition.
The rail network in the north of England is currently the focus of large-scale plans for high speed rail and better connectivity between cities, but immediate issues for its fast-growing number of passengers, such as ancient Pacer trains and unjustified fare increases, must be addressed first.
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Notes to Editors
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).
- Northern Rail introduced evening peak fares on many commuter routes on 8 September 2014: http://www.northernrail.org/news/7507.
- Campaign for Better Transport, Friends of the Earth and others protested at Manchester Piccadilly against fare rises on 8 September: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/government-hits-part-time-workers-100-fare-increases-northern-rail.
- Campaign for Better Transport is calling for Fair Fares Now via its charter at www.bettertransport.org.uk/fair-fares-now-charter.
- Investment in the north of England’s rail network must be more coherent, ambitious and passenger-focussed. A myth-buster on rail in the north of England has been published by Campaign for Better Transport at http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdfs/North_of_England_rail_services-Busting_the_myths.pdf.