Why I refuse to pay January’s unfair new train fares
Cancelled trains. Timetable chaos. Endless rail strikes. Only a boycott of rising ticket prices will force a change. Who’s with me?
I had just about calmed down from the three hours and 15 minutes it had taken to trundle 23 miles from Manchester to Accrington last week (average speed 7mph) when I read that rail fares are to rise by an average of 3.1% in the new year.
The Rail Delivery Group, a conglomeration of the private rail operators, suggested we should be pleased because the rise was below inflation. Only 2p in every pound goes into its own pockets, it chirped in a press release. The rest is invested in the railways. To which anyone with the misfortune to rely on our knackered rail network would say: what investment?
There is only one thing for it. On 2 January, when the fares go up, we all need to refuse to pay the difference
Source: Guardian Transport
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