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Rail Passengers Face Further Fare Rises

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6:38am 19th August 2014

Dorset commuters are facing a rail fare rise of 3.6% from January according to the TUC.

The say we've ended up with slower trains and higher fares than countries who've kept their trains in public hands.

The TUC want the railways placed back into public ownership.

Nigel Costley, Regional Secretary of the South West TUC, said: "It's grim news for commuters that they face yet another year of fare hikes above inflation, while their wages keep dragging behind inflation. The cost to passengers of the failed privatisation of our railways keeps growing year on year. We've ended up with slower trains and higher fares than countries who have kept their trains in public hands.  It's time to stop private companies profiteering from our railways and to make sure that passengers and taxpayers' money is reinvested to improve our services. The only way to do this is to bring our railways back under public ownership."

The Green Party also want to see the railways re-nationalised.

They're going to be at Weymouth train station this morning handing out leaflets to commuters.

Jane Burnet is the Green's Parliamentary Candidate for South Dorset.

"The French have publically operated lines. The Germans do as well. In fact the French publically owned rail operator actually runs services over here and they received subsidies from us, which is absolutely crazy!"

"Privatisation hasn't worked in the interest of passengers, we have had constant increases in fares have gone up and the taxpayer subsidises private companies to the tune of 4 billion pounds a year, which seems utter nonsense under the circumstances."

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