Rowenna Davis campaigns against rail fare increases at Southampton Central

Daily Echo: Labour politician Rowenna Davis leads a protest at Southampton Central railway station against rail fare increases. Labour politician Rowenna Davis leads a protest at Southampton Central railway station against rail fare increases.

A POLITICIAN has joined residents in a protest against rising rail fares.

Rowenna Davis, who hopes to succeed Labour MP John Denham in the Southampton Itchen seat at the next general election, organised the protest outside the city’s central railway station.

Joined by residents and Labour members, she handed out leaflets and spoke to commuters during yesterday’s morning rush hour.

Last 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.

Ms Davis said she had spoken to some commuters who were considering giving up working in London as a result.

She said if you looked at other countries in Europe there are much lower fares, more efficient trains and higher satisfaction levels than in the UK.

“It just seems like 20 per cent [rise in fares] over three years is unsustainable when people’s wages aren’t going up by that amount,” she added.

“It’s completely unjustifiable and painful to people and damaging for the economy.”

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12:14pm Tue 7 Jan 14

sah367 says...

Fares have always gone up in January, so no big surprise there really.

How much have other things gone up in the same time period? - Fuel? General Shopping (bread, milk etc)?

Yes, I agree some of our fares can be high, but I refer you all to http://www.seat61.co
m/uk-europe-train-fa
res-comparison.html#
.UsvvIftPaHs to compare
Fares have always gone up in January, so no big surprise there really. How much have other things gone up in the same time period? - Fuel? General Shopping (bread, milk etc)? Yes, I agree some of our fares can be high, but I refer you all to http://www.seat61.co m/uk-europe-train-fa res-comparison.html# .UsvvIftPaHs to compare sah367
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3:23pm Tue 7 Jan 14

aldermoorboy says...

complain about our council tax instead
complain about our council tax instead aldermoorboy
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7:18pm Tue 7 Jan 14

On the inside says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
complain about our council tax instead
you're right, its far too low.
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: complain about our council tax instead[/p][/quote]you're right, its far too low. On the inside
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9:03pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Maine Lobster says...

On the inside wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote:
complain about our council tax instead
you're right, its far too low.
Southampton's council tax is at least £100 per year cheaper for a mid band property than all neighbouring authorities, but some still want to whinge!
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: complain about our council tax instead[/p][/quote]you're right, its far too low.[/p][/quote]Southampton's council tax is at least £100 per year cheaper for a mid band property than all neighbouring authorities, but some still want to whinge! Maine Lobster
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9:42pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Quentin Heslop says...

Not quite enough protestors to invoke the Riot Act. Where's Denham? Running late again?
Not quite enough protestors to invoke the Riot Act. Where's Denham? Running late again? Quentin Heslop
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1:22pm Wed 8 Jan 14

aldermoorboy says...

Maine Lobster/On the inside, are you saying if Labour had a free hand Council tax would go up by a large amount?
If so perhaps Labour should come clean and tell us all.
Maine Lobster/On the inside, are you saying if Labour had a free hand Council tax would go up by a large amount? If so perhaps Labour should come clean and tell us all. aldermoorboy
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8:48pm Wed 8 Jan 14

lisa whitemore says...

I Think its remarkable as to the people who turned up to support the campaign. Can imagine she must have felt quite overwhelmed with those that turned out to help!
I Think its remarkable as to the people who turned up to support the campaign. Can imagine she must have felt quite overwhelmed with those that turned out to help! lisa whitemore
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