The leader of High Peak Borough council has blasted New Year rail fare hikes, announcing that it was time the government stood up to rail companies.
Fares were increased across the UK by an average of 2.8 per cent on Thursday. Although the smallest rise in four years, campaigners claim ticket prices are going up faster than wages.
Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, who represents Stone Bench, said: “Over the past four years we have seen rail fares rise by a whopping 20%. It now costs nearly £16 a day to travel from Buxton to Manchester at peak time or just under £10 off peak, yet we’ve seen little improvement in either the service or the carriages. Commuters are getting fed up with the poor quality of the rolling stock and the poor service they get on both the Buxton and Glossop lines. On top of rising energy prices these latest rail fare increases are another burden on hard pressed families in High Peak who are facing a cost of living crisis. It’s time the government stood up to the rail companies.”
The Labour councillor helped hand out around 500 leaflets opposing the hike to commuters at Buxton and Glossop railway stations on Monday morning. She added: “Labour would introduce a strict fares cap and would stop train companies from increasing fares beyond it.”