Rail passengers in Gedling borough have seen fares increased at double the speed of wages since 2010, according to new analysis released today by the TUC and the rail unions’ Action for Rail campaign.
The analysis shows that rail fares have risen by 25% in the last six years, while average weekly earnings have only grown by 12%.
The findings come as the government announced regulated rail fares will increases by 1.9% from January.
As fares for passengers rise, dividends paid to shareholders of private train companies have risen by 21% in the last year to £222 million.
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TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Rail passengers are paying more and getting even less. Fares go up while trains remain overcrowded, stations are unstaffed, and rail companies cut the guards who ensure journeys run smoothly and safely.
“Enough is enough. It’s time for rail services to be publicly owned, saving money for passengers and taxpayers alike. Instead of increasing fares and cutting staff, we should be building an accessible, reliable train service that Britain can be proud of.”
Gedling borough has three stations which are operated by East Midlands Trains and take passengers between Lincoln and Matlock Bath.
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