Corby MP criticises train fare rises

Corby Train Station

Corby Train Station

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Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford has criticised today’s (January 2) increase in train fares.

Regulated fares, which include season tickets, have risen by an average of 4.2 per cent, with the average increase for all fares being 3.9 per cent.

Mr Sawford said: “These train fare increases are simply unfair. The cost of a single, off-peak ticket to London from Corby is now £44.50. This is a six per cent increase on 2012 prices.

“All this is happening at a time when real wages are being squeezed.”

Transport Minister Norman Baker said 40 per cent of fares were regulated in a long-standing policy that had existed under successive governments.

He went on: “The balance of regulation and which fares are regulated is part of the fares and ticketing review we are now engaged upon.

“It’s not ideal. There are over 100,000 rail tickets and different prices each year to deal with. It’s a hugely complicated issue.

“So it’s important we try to get the best value for the passenger, the best value for the taxpayer and the simplest, (most) transparent system we can, given the need to ensure rail companies can price appropriately to attract people on to off-peak trains which might otherwise be running empty.”