North Norfolk Labour Party activists have been out campaigning on the Bittern Line this morning, protesting against the latest hike in rail fares, and calling for a new plan for the country’s train services.
According to Labour Party research the cost of rail fares has risen by 27% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 – with the latest price rise coming into effect yesterday morning. The cost of a season ticket from Norwich to London is up £1,672.
Labour Party campaigners were speaking to commuters at North Walsham train station as they made their way to work today, and also with the many students arriving in the town for the first day back at college.
Stephen Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “We were up bright and early today to protest against yet another unreasonable rise in train fares.
The cost of travelling by train on average has risen by 27% since the Tories came to power but, despite an eye-watering increase in costs, we are not seeing the improvements we desperately need for our trains here in Norfolk.
We have been leafleting and making people aware of our plan for the train services which would bring the train services in Britain back under public ownership so that fares are kept down in price, and so that the train system gets the investment it desperately needs. People should come before profits.”