Rotherham MP warns on rail fare price rises in the North

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion.
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion.

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

The Labour MP has made the comments as rail prices around the country rose by an average 2.2 per cent on January 2.

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 that increases are not as high as previous years, but the figures show that it is actually 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 one per cent, although this extra rate has been cancelled in 2014 and 2015.

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