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Don slams rail fare hike for Bath’s commuters

September 14, 2011 9:59 AM

Don Foster MP has today slammed the government's decision to hike rail fares by inflation plus 3 % from January 2012. This hike will affect Bath's residents, many of whom regularly commute to neighbouring towns and cities.

The UK rail fares are the highest in the world[i] and the Bath corridor is no exception. The increase will see fares being increased by 28% by the end of this parliament in 2015.

Commenting Don Foster said, "I am deeply concerned how this hike in rail fares will affect Bath's residents. We are already paying too much and it cannot be justified to put up our fares further still.

He continued, "This is bad for passengers, bad for the economy, bad for the environment and also bad for the residents of Bath. Fares need to be made simpler, more transparent and more affordable".

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Notes to editor:

1) Don Foster has signed EDM 1577 calling on the government to live up to the coalition agreement which to review rail fare increases - the full text can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/1577



[i] Campaign for Better Transport http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/system/files/Fair_Fares_briefing_for_MPs.pdf