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.
Source: Guardian Transport