Rotherham MP’s warning over rail fare price rises

Rail passengers in northern England are being unfairly penalised by ticket price rises, South Yorkshire MP Sarah Champion has claimed.

The Labour MP for Rotherham made the comments as rail prices around the country rose by an average 2.2 per cent at the start of the month.

She said some rail passengers in the north have already faced three separate price rises in the past 12 months.

Ms Champion said: “Many of my constituents are already struggling financially.

“The rail network provides a way of getting to work for a lot of people, and yet they are continually faced with higher prices.

“The Government claims increases are not as high as previous years, but the figures show it is the passengers of the north who are paying the price for the Government to be able to make this boast.”

The current Government policy, first introduced by Labour, is to raise fares by the Retail Price Index figure of the previous July plus an additional 1 per cent, although this extra rate has been cancelled in 2014 and 2015.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the cancellation of the additional 1 per cent rise meant prices have essentially been ‘frozen’ for two years.