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14 May 2009

Barrett lambasts new rail fees

Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West John Barrett has today slammed plans to charge passengers on the East Coast Edinburgh-to-London £2.50 per standard class single ticket to reserve a seat on their train.

Mr Barrett has co-sponsored an Parliamentary Motion calling for National Express, the franchise operator to reconsider their position.

Speaking from Westminster, Mr Barrett said:

“This plan is just another in a series of attacks on British rail passengers in the last few years and is nothing more than a fair rise in all but name.

“Figures have shown that fares across National Rail have increased over 10% in two years at a time when Train Operating Companies were posting record profits.

“This plan will be especially hard on families as a family of four will now have to pay an additional £20 return just to ensure that they are able to sit together. This will put train travel out of reach for many.

“The argument for privatising the railways was that they would run a tight ship and save the taxpayer money. In the space of a week the taxpayer is facing the prospect of bailing out a rail company and having to pay a premium rate just to guarantee a seat on their train.”

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