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Cambridge passengers hit by rail fare hikes

The announcement that rail fares will rise again in January 2016 means that passengers in Cambridge have been hit by a cost increase of 25 per cent since 2010.

The new fare rises will come into effect on January 2nd 2016. Figures released today show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Cambridge to London will have risen by £930 since 2010.

Rail Minister, Claire Perry, was criticised last year after she said that passengers should ‘start to realise that they are paying fair fares for comfortable commuting.’

Commenting, Daniel Zeichner MP said:

“Passengers in Cambridge are paying more and more each year to travel on increasingly overcrowded trains. 

“The Conservatives are failing to put passengers first. The cost of rail fares has risen much faster than wages and their latest announcement on fare rises means that the cost of season tickets in Cambridge will have risen by a quarter under their watch, putting real pressure on household budgets.

“Out of touch Ministers may say that this is a fair deal for passengers but this is a world away from the services Cambridge passengers have to put up with.

“Instead of talking about ‘fair fares for comfortable commuting,’ Ministers should instead reform the railways, deliver better value for money and give passengers a real voice.”

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