Labour candidate welcomes promise on rail fare cap

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LABOUR'S Halesowen and Rowley Regis parliamentary candidate has backed plans for cap on rail fares.

Stephanie Peacock fears commuters could face fare rises of up to 5.6 per cent next year and welcomed Labour's announcement it would simplify the fare structures, give passengers a legal right to get the cheapest ticket and extend the cap on fares to all journeys.

Miss Peacock has surveyed train passengers at Cradley Heath and Rowley Regis train stations over the prospect of increased fares.

She said: "Hundreds of local people have signed up to my campaign on rail fares over the last year, so I welcome Ed Milliband’s announcement that Labour would cap annual fare rises on every route not just some."

She added: “Train fares have risen by 20 per cent since 2010, that’s over £300 on a journey from Cradley Heath to the other side of Birmingham.

"When local people are struggling with the cost of living this is a welcome move."

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10:33am Sat 16 Aug 14

Rita Jelfs says...

So where's the competition to keep the prices down?
So where's the competition to keep the prices down? Rita Jelfs
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11:29pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Ray Burston says...

One of the most bizarre things about the Labour Party nowadays is how it seems so eager to disown some of the better policies it pursued when in government (the creation of self-governing academy schools being a perfect example).
Likewise, it was under Labour in 2003 that it was agreed that rail fares would rise at a rate above inflation each year (RPI+1%, as the formula was then, and which has been largely continued by the Coalition). And the reason for this was simple and laudable: it began the process of transferring more of the responsibility for funding of the railways - including the huge investment that has taken placeover the last fifteen years, such as all those nice new shiny Class 172 units on the Stourbridge line - onto the shoulders of the people who use the nation's railways and off the shoulders of the taxpayers in general.
Or is Stephanie instead saying that she would once again prefer that the cost of supporting rail services should be borne by those "local people struggling with the cost of living" who never even use the train?
One of the most bizarre things about the Labour Party nowadays is how it seems so eager to disown some of the better policies it pursued when in government (the creation of self-governing academy schools being a perfect example). Likewise, it was under Labour in 2003 that it was agreed that rail fares would rise at a rate above inflation each year (RPI+1%, as the formula was then, and which has been largely continued by the Coalition). And the reason for this was simple and laudable: it began the process of transferring more of the responsibility for funding of the railways - including the huge investment that has taken placeover the last fifteen years, such as all those nice new shiny Class 172 units on the Stourbridge line - onto the shoulders of the people who use the nation's railways and off the shoulders of the taxpayers in general. Or is Stephanie instead saying that she would once again prefer that the cost of supporting rail services should be borne by those "local people struggling with the cost of living" who never even use the train? Ray Burston
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11:23pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Phil W Cooper says...

Another load of Poppycock from a Peacock.

Would she care to ask dear Watson why
Petrol went Up 107% under Labour?
Council Tax doubled under Labour ?
Why did electricity go up 97% under Labour?
Why did youth unemployment double under Labour ?
Why we we went to Dodgy wars under Labour?
And there's loads more

Will she protest over Labour's mess
Another load of Poppycock from a Peacock. Would she care to ask dear Watson why Petrol went Up 107% under Labour? Council Tax doubled under Labour ? Why did electricity go up 97% under Labour? Why did youth unemployment double under Labour ? Why we we went to Dodgy wars under Labour? And there's loads more Will she protest over Labour's mess Phil W Cooper
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4:05pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

I was just fascinated that the News is keeping us abreast of the meeting minutes of the shadow cabinet. I look forward to further details of the biscuit line-up and team outing.
I was just fascinated that the News is keeping us abreast of the meeting minutes of the shadow cabinet. I look forward to further details of the biscuit line-up and team outing. Sam Vimes
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