Train fare rises protest at Sandwell railway stations

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LABOUR Party activists campaigned at Rowley Regis and Cradley Heath railway stations this week against inflation-busting rail fares.

About a dozen protesters took the campaign to Rowley Regis on Monday while would-be Labour MP Stephanie Peacock joined in a leaflet distribution at Cradley Heath on Tuesday.

They are angry at the soaring cost of train travel, with new increases averaging 2.8 per cent and season tickets up by 20 per cent since the Coalition Government came to power.

Miss Peacock, parliamentary candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis said fares between Rowley Regis and Birmingham and gone up by £106 since 2010 by a massive £338 for the journey between Cradley Heath and Warwick.

She said: "Listening to local people as they return to work has demonstrated to me just how angry people feel about the cost of living crisis.

"At a time when real wages are falling and families are feeling the squeeze, this tax on commuters is unfair.

With the latest increases coming into effect this New Year, Miss Peacock added: “The Conservatives could have used their powers to give commuters a break this year by forcing the rail companies to cap their fares.

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