Politicians in Southampton protest against rail fare increases

Daily Echo: Politicians in Southampton protest against rail fare increases Politicians in Southampton protest against rail fare increases

POLITICIANS and residents in Southampton will protest against rail fare hikes.

Labour MP John Denham and the woman hoping to succeed him in his Itchen seat, Rowenna Davis, will lead the protest on Monday.

From 7.45am to 9am they will be joined by residents and party activists on the Commercial Road side of the city’s central railway station.

This week it was announced that annual rail fares are rising by an average of 3.1 per cent while tickets on average are rising by 2.8 per cent.

Mr Denham said: “A massive unfairness has developed in railway funding.

“London commuters face the highest fares, spend the highest proportion of their incomes on getting to work and have got the lowest levels of satisfaction with the value for money they get.”

And Ms Davis said: It now costs over £5,000 to get an annual season ticket to London.

This means that many Southampton residents can’t afford to work in our capital city.

“Why should train companies make growing profits whilst our wages stagnate?

“Rail companies should be there to serve Rowenna Davis passengers – not the other way round.”

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12:40pm Sat 4 Jan 14

jackois says...

Well done all... electioneering starts here.
Well done all... electioneering starts here. jackois
  • Score: 5

1:38pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Quentin Heslop says...

Someone tell Denham he's always just too late.
Someone tell Denham he's always just too late. Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 3

2:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Typical Conservatised NuLabourites are playing their opportunist cards yet again.

Politically dodgy Denham was member of last so called NuLabour government (which in reality was worse form of Tory government) for many years, when they too refused to address the real problem and let privatised companies satisfy their greed by exploiting the travelling public.

Why didn't these parasites of trade unions and traitors of Labour Movement renationalise trains and the rest of public transport when they had the chance?

Now under Cameron's Conservatives and sugar coated Tories of Clegg people are paying the price for the failure of these self serving unreliable Closet Conservative NuLabourites to look after the interests of ordinary people, but having slavishly served the bankers and the super rich. So hardly surprising they were booted out.
Typical Conservatised NuLabourites are playing their opportunist cards yet again. Politically dodgy Denham was member of last so called NuLabour government (which in reality was worse form of Tory government) for many years, when they too refused to address the real problem and let privatised companies satisfy their greed by exploiting the travelling public. Why didn't these parasites of trade unions and traitors of Labour Movement renationalise trains and the rest of public transport when they had the chance? Now under Cameron's Conservatives and sugar coated Tories of Clegg people are paying the price for the failure of these self serving unreliable Closet Conservative NuLabourites to look after the interests of ordinary people, but having slavishly served the bankers and the super rich. So hardly surprising they were booted out. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: -2

2:36pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

When Tories privatised trains they lied that competition will force the fares down. Now train users are paying the price to super greedy owners of train companies for Tory lies and NuLabour's refusal to correct that mistake.
When Tories privatised trains they lied that competition will force the fares down. Now train users are paying the price to super greedy owners of train companies for Tory lies and NuLabour's refusal to correct that mistake. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Sun 5 Jan 14

StevenGalton says...

Good job their local Labour Council isn't raising Council Tax and introducing new local taxations for them as well...
Good job their local Labour Council isn't raising Council Tax and introducing new local taxations for them as well... StevenGalton
  • Score: 0

7:35pm Sun 5 Jan 14

andysaints007 says...

It cost's some of us more than that to drive to work each year. Don't work in London if you don't like the costs involved!
It cost's some of us more than that to drive to work each year. Don't work in London if you don't like the costs involved! andysaints007
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