Lincoln commuters won't get anything back for train price rises, says David Harby
Commuters will foot the rise in train fares but won’t see any improvements in return, according to the Lincolnshire chairman of Railfuture.
David Harby reacted to yesterday’s news of a 4.1 per cent rise in ticket prices.
Regulated fares, which the government controls, are set to rise from next year.
They will rise by an average of inflation plus 1 per cent.
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Mr Harby said: “The fare rise is going to improve rail links but not in Lincolnshire.
“The argument about needing to invest in new trains is all very well, except of course in our area we have had quite a long period where no investment was made at all.
“We are not going to see much in the way of new trains if any.
“All we will see seeing is work being done which should have been done 15 or 20 years ago.
“I doubt many people in Lincolnshire, if any, are getting a pay rise of 4.1 per cent.
“I would say the anger of commuters is justified, it is not just anger but frustration, we are going to see nothing in Lincoln in return for it."
He added: “We need more trains coming to Lincolnshire, to deal with the chronic overcrowding particularly from Newark and Lincoln.”
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney, acknowledges that the rise will hit commuters hard.
“I know that hardworking commuters are concerned about rising rail prices," he said.
“Demand for rail travel has doubled in 15 years while the network we inherited in 2010 was suffering from inefficient state spending and spiraling costs.
“Such was the scale of the problem that the McNulty report found that UK railways were 20% more expensive than their European counterparts.”
“While we have not yet been able to afford to abolish above inflation fare rises, we have taken action to cut average rises from RPI+3 per cent to RPI+1 per cent until 2014.
“But as the economy grows, and the railway becomes more efficient thanks to our changes, I would expect fare rises will be reduced.”
The TUC organised protest demonstrations at railway stations across the country, on Tuesday August 13.
However no protests were organised for Lincolnshire.