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MP Criticises Rising Rail Costs

Monday August 19 2013

Dugher outside the Department for Transport Dugher outside the Department for Transport

A BARNSLEY MP has criticised the government following the news that rail fares are set to increase by up to nine per cent.

Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, said the rising fare costs are adding to the cost of living crisis in Barnsley.

David Cameron pledged to cap fare rises at one per cent above inflation - which should have meant a maximum increase of 4.1 per cent in January 2014.

However, rail travel providers are now free to flexibly apply the fare cap and add up to a further five per cent to some fares. As a result, passengers will face fare rises of as much as 9.2 per cent in January 2014.

"David Cameron’s cost of living crisis is leaving families struggling in Barnsley," said MP Michael Dugher. "Real wages are down 8.1 per cent across Yorkshire and yet another year of inflation-busting fare rises will just add to the pressure on household budgets.

"It just goes to show how out of touch ministers are allowing fares to go up by as much as 9.1 per cent again, yet private train companies walk away with £305million in profit from passengers each year."

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Reply Posted by Bill on Monday August 19 2013 at 16:40
this government might just achieve the impossible.Blood out of a stone.

Reply Posted by Beep beep on Monday August 19 2013 at 20:18
How many people from Barnsley actually use the trains to get to work? No not many and the few that do like my mate who commutes to London daily and another who travels all over, work for companies that pay for their tickets.
So basically the Mp above is just flapping his gums about nothing. Why does he not get involved in getting the roads repaired or doing something about Stagecoach??

Reply Posted by mae brussel on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 01:28
Beep beep you just talk shit
how does your brain get into gear.
Do you just see an article and shit pours forth do you sit in the railway station at barnsley elsecar chapeltown or anywhere else and ask these people what the f xxx they are doing standing there on a morning.
My granddaughter and her boyfriend both work in wakefield andmost people i know
work in wakefield. sheffield and meadowhall and they all have to pay. no free tickets . so stop talking crap go to leeds on a morning from barnsley and the train can be packed like sardines including
standing passengers

Reply Posted by Rainbow on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 14:49
Of course prices never went up under Labour, except for above inflation rises to Gas, electricity, petrol, council tax, beer tax, etc, etc, etc, it's a wonder anyone has any money left at all.!!!

Reply Posted by Charles on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 14:55
There is nothing whatsoever wrong with making a profit.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 18:05
Profit, Profit, Profit..

Sports direct £207 MILLION profits on sales of £2.9 BILLION - 11,000 Workers on ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS.

Tell me who profits from that, the workers?
The owner?

we all know that answer to that one , in America it is called Racketeering, in the UK It is called slave Labour.

You know what you can do with your profits Ashley, Give your staff full time contracts, holiday pay, maternity pay and pension provisions.

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

Reply Posted by pete patel on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 10:24

Reply Posted by pauly on Friday August 23 2013 at 22:51
The goverment does'nt give two shits about public . If you work you should be able to have a decent living . There is no point in working these days , you just get ground down to the floor . The whole system needs ripping up and start again . Its all out of date ! They should put a higher tax on rail chiefs wages if they do that and give the working class a refund above the 9% . Ha Rail chiefs .

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