Volunteers from the Cheltenham Labour Party were out today giving leaflets and talking to rail passengers at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station about the latest round of fare rises that came into effect today (2nd January). Fares have risen by an average of 36% since 2010 (some fares have risen by as much as 45% in that time) making our trains the most expensive in Europe. At the same time many trains are hopelessly overcrowded and fraught with delays and cancellations. Labour members are concerned that train travel is ceasing to be a public service as it becomes too expensive for millions of people to be able to afford. Many passengers were interested to hear what Labour is planning to do to put our railways back on track, with a cap on fares, a return to public ownership and greater investment in trains and the track. For those volunteering in the cold today, this policy felt like a real vote winner for Labour.
January 2nd 2019