FUNNY, REMEMBER WHEN HE MOCKED ED MILIBAND ON A ENERGY FREEZE: ‘He cannot talk about his energy price freeze, because it has turned him into a total joke.’
BUT THE PUBLIC DON’T JUST WANT A FREEZE ON FARES, MOST PEOPLE WANT TO BRING RAIL BACK IN PUBLIC OWNERSHIP.
Season tickets could be 10 per cent cheaper by 2017 if rail services were run by the public sector, according to new research published by the Action for Rail campaign.
The research, carried out by Transport for Quality of Life, shows that £1.5bn could be saved over the next five years if routes, including the Northern, Transpennine and West Coast Main Line, were operated by the public sector.
The study says that if the 11 routes were operated by the public sector the following could happen:
Before the end of 2015 it would be possible to introduce free off peak travel for children travelling with their parents
From 2017 regulated fares – including season and anytime day tickets – could be cut by 10 per cent.
From 2020 all fares could be cut by 3 per cent.
🚂Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary and chairman of Action for Rail, said: “The UK has the most expensive rail fares in all of Europe.
“If services were run by the public sector, it would make a big difference to families and hard-pressed commuters, who have suffered year after year of wage-busting fare increases under privatized rail.
“This report highlights once again the huge cost of privatization to taxpayers and passengers. Money that could be spent on making journeys cheaper is instead being siphoned off into shareholders’ pockets and wasted on bidding and other franchising costs.
“The case for an integrated rail network under public ownership is overwhelming.”
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