Welsh Labour MP Chris Elmore has criticised plans to hike rail fares by an above inflation 2.8 per cent next year – a move that will add more than £100 to the cost of many season tickets.
The increase has been based on the Retail Price Index inflation measure for July, despite the measure no longer being a national statistic.
The UK Government’s commonly used measure of inflation, the Consumer Price Index, increased to 2.1 per cent in July.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“This is yet another kick in the teeth for rail passengers.
“Average fares have risen almost three times as fast as wages and are now a staggering 40 per cent higher than they were in 2010.
“I'm pleased that the Welsh Labour Government are investing ambitiously in the new Wales and Borders franchise to help ensure passengers get the service they deserve. In stark contrast, the neglect we've seen from the UK Government over the past decade however has been nothing short of scandalous. From the cancellation of electrification to Swansea, to the meagre amount being invested in much-needed network upgrades, this latest fare hike will rightly anger many people across our communities.
“The Secretary of State for Transport must demonstrate how this money is being reinvested in our rail network to ensure Welsh rail passengers get the services they need and deserve.”