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Train fare rises are 'tax on commuting'

September 23, 2023 by admin in News

Bath MP Don Foster added: “I am deeply concerned how this hike in rail fares will affect Bath’s residents. We are already paying too much and it cannot be justified to put up our fares further still.

“This is bad for passengers, bad for the economy, bad for the environment and also bad for the residents of Bath. Fares need to be made simpler, more transparent and more affordable.”

Recently Transport Secretary Philip Hammond caused controversy when he described trains as a “rich man’s toy”, admitting that some fares were “eye-wateringly expensive”.

But he said that although raising rail fares had been a difficult decision, it was necessary because of the budget deficit.

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