Rail users voice fury over rise in fares

MP Andy Sawford and Labour's Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood with Labour supporters at Corby Station campaigning against rising fares

MP Andy Sawford and Labour's Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood with Labour supporters at Corby Station campaigning against rising fares

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Rail users have voiced their fury over the rising cost of train travel following the latest rise in the price of tickets.

The cost of East Midlands Trains’ annual standard class season ticket from Corby to London is now £7,400.

From Kettering and Wellingborough stations it is £6,420 and £5,772 respectively.

TV producer Darryl Fernandez, 33, commutes from Corby to London, costing him £689.30 a month.

He said: “The fare increases are a big kick in the teeth for train users. We’ve taken a massive financial hit.”

Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood, who was at Corby station on Monday talking to rail users about the rising cost of fares, said: “I’m sure the people of Corby will be shocked to find that their season ticket down to London has gone up by £1,500 since the General Election and if people are getting an off-peak return down to London it’s not the 3.1 per cent we’re seeing across the country but 4.5 per cent.”

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford, who was also at the station, said: “Train users must challenge the rail companies over rising fares.”

David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains, said the company is investing fares to provide passengers with easier, punctual and more comfortable journeys. He said: “Across the rail industry, we are also working hard to get more for every pound we spend.”

Richard Garvie, a rail campaigner who is also hoping to become Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in Wellingborough, said: “Rail fares in the county are rising more than three times faster than wages.

“This is contributing to a cost of living crisis for commuters.”