Doncaster MP slams rail fare hike

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A Doncaster MP joined union officials at the town’s railway station to protest at rail fare price increases.

Rosie Winterton and members of Aslef and the RMT handed out postcards to commuters which highlighted the increase in rail fares over the past five years.

It was part of a national Labour campaign calling for a return of a publicly-owned railway.

The new fare rises came into effect on January 2.

Figures show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Doncaster to Scunthorpe has risen by £380 – 24 per cent – since 2010.

Rosie, MP for Doncaster Central, said: “Passengers in Doncaster have been hit again and again by eye-watering rail fare rises. Fares have now rocketed under this government, far outstripping any increase in most people’s pay packets.

“For many people here, travelling by train isn’t a luxury, it’s how they get to work every day. Labour’s policy is to bring the railways into public ownership so they can be run for passengers, not profit. That means fairer fares, investment in a 21st century railway and giving passengers a stronger voice.”