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9 December 2015

Rail fares and profits rise as service suffers

Rail fares are set to increase again from January next year. Annual turnover at South West Trains topped 1 billion this year.

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2 September 2015

Greed: bosses hike rail fares three times faster than wages

Rail fares have risen three times faster than wages over the last five years. Meanwhile, profiteering rail companies continue to neglect public safety, threatening to axe more essential guards and station staff.

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19 August 2015

Them & Us

Short dispatches on the utter hypocrisy of the bosses and their politicians.

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1 July 2015

Government reneges on rail modernisation pledge

Last week transport secretary Patrick Mcloughlin announced that Network Rail's 38.5 billion modernisation plan for Britain's railways has been postponed. This underscores the government's intentions of yet more savage cuts in public spending.

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1 July 2015

Scotland ferry 'lifeline' sell-off strike

West Scotland ferry workers struck on 25 June against privatisation and cuts to jobs, pay and pensions on their "lifeline" routes.

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17 September 2014

Fighting for fair fares

Socialist Party members campaigned with transport union RMT against rail fare increases on Monday 8 September, writes Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party.

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2 April 2014

Fare-refusal protest demands restored rail passes

Elderly and disabled people took part in Freedom Ride on 31st March, catching trains to Meadowhall

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23 December 2013

RMT responds to rail price announcement

Just as the private train companies are closing down services due to adverse weather they are publishing fare increases which massively outstrip wages and which will once again hit low to medium earners where it hurts

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2 January 2013

Fares hike: Nationalise the railways says Bob Crow

As people prepare for the first day back to work, rail campaigners are today (Wednesday) warning that commuters face yet another year of inflation-busting fare increases and service cuts

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16 August 2012

Cut rail fares! Renationalise the railways!

Privatisation is a Tory con! Since the railways were privatised they have been subsidised by 3 billion a year more than when they were state-owned. The collapse of Railtrack cost a further 20 billion...

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9 May 2012

Privatisation pushes up transport costs in Yorkshire

7% and 8%. That's how much bus and train fares went up in West Yorkshire this January, following above inflation increases of 6% at the beginning of 2011 on trains and increases of up to 20% on buses...

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21 September 2011

Private rail companies - a licence to print money

Tory transport secretary Philip Hammond recently described Britain's railways as a "rich man's toy"...

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29 June 2011

Private railways rip off fares

Research undertaken for the RMT transport union shows that passengers on privatised UK trains have to fork out 4.6 billion a year more than equivalent travellers in France, where railways remain publicly owned.

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5 January 2011

Rail operators profit from commuter misery

RAIL PASSENGERS face a miserable start to the New Year as a result of massive price hikes imposed by the privately run train operating companies (TOCs), writes Dave Carr.

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4 January 2011

Blatant profiteering by rail companies

Years come and go but this New Year's rail fares price rise saw another ceiling breached - the cost of a standard open return ticket from Carlisle to London Euston broke through the 300 barrier and now stands at 301-00, writes Craig Johnston, Carlisle.

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16 June 2010

High speed trains and high priced fares

New rail lines: Proposals for a second high speed line (HS2) between London, Manchester and Leeds were announced earlier this year by the outgoing Labour government, at a cost of 30 billion, writes Mark Pickersgill.

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13 January 2010

Buses - privatisation means worse services

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the UK bus industry to the Competition Commission because it has "evidence that limited competition between bus operators tends to result in higher prices and lower quality for bus users", writes Alistair Tice.

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13 January 2010

Fast news

Sheffield bus demo: AROUND 70 marchers braved the cold to join last Saturday's demonstration in Sheffield called by We Want Our Buses Back (WWOBB) to protest against First's 8% hike in bus fares, writes Alistair Tice.

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We Want Our Buses Back, photo by Yorkshire SP

We Want Our Buses Back, photo by Yorkshire SP

6 January 2010

No more fare rises, no more cutbacks!

South Yorkshire says: 'We want our buses back': South Yorkshire public transport users have had a double whammy this new year, with the usual annual rail fare rises coupled with the latest extortionate fare rises by First Group buses - averaging an 8% increase, writes Calvin Payne, We Want Our Buses Back campaign.

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6 January 2010

London Underground: Battle lines are drawn

RMT members on London Underground are justifiably annoyed at the paltry pay award. We were awarded only 1.5%, and at the same time Transport for London (TfL) have increased fares in the capital by record...

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