Rail fare rises are necessary to improve network, says transport secretary

Rail fare rises are necessary to improve network, says transport secretary
Patrick McLoughlin defends price increases as Labour attacks ‘rip-off’ and commuters face disruption of services

The transport secretary has defended the need for above-inflation rises in rail fares amid concern UK passengers are paying over the odds in comparison to other European countries.

On the day fares rose by an average of 2.2%, Patrick McLoughlin said ticket prices had to go up because Network Rail needed the money to maintain and improve the country’s train infrastructure.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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