ASLEF: A fare rise to drive people off the railway
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has blasted as ‘brutal’ the price rise for passengers on Britain’s railway network next year.
He said: ‘To push prices for passengers up by 3.8% as we try to deal with the dramatic fall in passenger numbers as a result of the pandemic, is stupid. Unless this government is deliberately trying to wreck our railways, do its best to ensure that people stay at home, or force more people onto our crowded and polluting roads.
‘Because this brutal price rise will put people off travelling when we need to encourage people back onto trains – to get to work, to go on holiday in this country, or just to get out for a day around our beautiful country.
‘The railway is environmentally friendly – it’s the green transport solution of the future – and everyone in our industry has worked hard to ensure that it is, during the covid crisis, a safe way to travel.
‘The rise in fares is not due to come in until March – so there is still time for the Prime Minister and his Transport Secretary to see sense and do the best thing for Britain.’
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