ON the day that rail fares increased across the board by an average of 3.2 per cent, the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Redditch Rebecca Jenkins was joined by party members handing out leaflets and talking to passengers at Redditch Station.
“Since 2010 fares have risen by 36 per cent and today’s increase of 3.2 per cent means a £44 increase on a season ticket from Redditch to Birmingham.
“Rail fare increases have far exceeded average pay rises for the same period and this will particularly hit low wage earners who rely on public transport to get to work.
“The Labour Party is committed to return the railway into public ownership to ensure any profits are returned to build the infrastructure and to keep prices down rather than dividends being siphoned off to overseas shareholders.
“The only way to end this ‘rail rip-off’ is for me to be elected in Redditch for Labour for us to introduce our Transport manifesto that includes an integrated National Rail and Bus network.”
Councillor Joe Baker (Lab, Greenlands) added: “These rises also affect people who come into Redditch to contribute to our local economy.
“The Redditch Tory Council and MP seem oblivious to the need to challenge these increases when they should be lobbying their Government for a freeze.
“A future Labour Council if elected in May will pick up on its record of campaigning to better our rail and transport services for the people of Redditch.”