Rail fare increases lower than expected

October 29, 2012 12:28 PM

Thanks to the efforts of Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake and other Liberal Democrats in Parliament, thousands of commuters will benefit from lowered increases in rail prices, from 3% to 1%. To meet this target and improve the existing rail network, £16 billion of public support has been announced for the period 2014-2019.

Tom said "This is a wonderful victory for UK commuters. The Coalition Government hopes to end above-inflation rail prices for good and to invest in our railways more heavily than in past administrations. Overcrowding in stations, long waits, cattle truck style overcrowding; these are all things that smart spending can do away with."

There are also plans to electrify over 850 miles of railway and a £4.5 billion contract to construct a new generation of inner-city trains that will provide 730 skilled jobs and a further 200 during construction.

"All of this comes as great news as these improvement plans will not only create hundreds of jobs but will help the average commuter pay less for a greater quality of services."

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