MP condemns ‘super peak’ rail tickets

BOLTON MP David Crausby says proposed “super peak”

rail fares could price some local commuters out of work.

The Government recently won a vote in Parliament to introduce higher fares at peak times in a bid to tackle congestion on the railways.

But the Bolton North East MP claimed the proposed new super peak rail ticket would see commuters forced to pay more to travel on the most popular train services.

Mr Crausby joined other Labour MPs in opposing the plans, but they were defeated in a Commons vote.

Labour said it wants to ban train companies from increasing fares above a cap set by ministers, meaning prices would rise by no more than one per cent above inflation if Labour were in power.

Mr Crausby said: “The Government has shown how out of touch it is. Ministers have caved in to pressure from the private train companies by allowing them to make massive increases to rail fares at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet. If the Government gets away with introducing these new tickets, then many working people in Bolton will be priced out of simply being able to get to their jobs.

“People want to see the Government supporting them instead of making commuting to work a luxury few can afford

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3:57pm Sat 12 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

How about giving people a ride to work in your government suppliedvehicle in your spare time,I'm sure you have lots of it.
How about giving people a ride to work in your government suppliedvehicle in your spare time,I'm sure you have lots of it. boltonnut

4:01pm Sat 12 Jan 13

thealexweb says...

If you played the system smart we have one of the cheapest train systems in the world. Yesterday I travelled from Edinburgh to Bolton during peak time for £12, yes £12 for 200 miles of peak time travel. It was a six car train and I got a table seat to myself and the train arrived in Bolton one minute early. Keep it up First Transpeenine Express :)
If you played the system smart we have one of the cheapest train systems in the world. Yesterday I travelled from Edinburgh to Bolton during peak time for £12, yes £12 for 200 miles of peak time travel. It was a six car train and I got a table seat to myself and the train arrived in Bolton one minute early. Keep it up First Transpeenine Express :) thealexweb

1:54pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Beyond News Forum says...

thealexweb wrote:
If you played the system smart we have one of the cheapest train systems in the world. Yesterday I travelled from Edinburgh to Bolton during peak time for £12, yes £12 for 200 miles of peak time travel. It was a six car train and I got a table seat to myself and the train arrived in Bolton one minute early. Keep it up First Transpeenine Express :)
APEXing should be the norm... but shhhhhh don't tell everyone - those twonks in the hot-seat will chuck them prices up quicker than the time it takes to travel from Middlebrook to Lostock.

As for the excuse, combating congestion on trains... WT absolute F are the government talking about?

People need to use trains to commute. Was it not the government who said people need to get out of their cars and onto public transport?

They can't have it both ways, it is either congested roads or congested stations that are full of people GOING TO WORK. What a ridiculous thing to state... peak-time congestion???

No what should be being forced on these rail companies are larger, newer rolling stock.

How many times do we see a battered TransPennine train roll up at said PEAK-TIMES, with two carriages???

It is the rail companies that are at fault completely... Again the government bows down and kisses the proverbial's of the train company directors and allows a huge hike in fair prices... it's not about just planning ahead to get the cheapest ticket, it is about fairness. Something that Liebore/ConDem could not give a sh*t about unless it is about lining their pockets from rail lobby cash at election time.

Complete boll*cks as usual, and of course people will just suck it up.

Does the government REALLY want people in jobs and go to work because the 'congestion' statement seems to reflect the exact opposite.
[quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: If you played the system smart we have one of the cheapest train systems in the world. Yesterday I travelled from Edinburgh to Bolton during peak time for £12, yes £12 for 200 miles of peak time travel. It was a six car train and I got a table seat to myself and the train arrived in Bolton one minute early. Keep it up First Transpeenine Express :)[/p][/quote]APEXing should be the norm... but shhhhhh don't tell everyone - those twonks in the hot-seat will chuck them prices up quicker than the time it takes to travel from Middlebrook to Lostock. As for the excuse, combating congestion on trains... WT absolute F are the government talking about? People need to use trains to commute. Was it not the government who said people need to get out of their cars and onto public transport? They can't have it both ways, it is either congested roads or congested stations that are full of people GOING TO WORK. What a ridiculous thing to state... peak-time congestion??? No what should be being forced on these rail companies are larger, newer rolling stock. How many times do we see a battered TransPennine train roll up at said PEAK-TIMES, with two carriages??? It is the rail companies that are at fault completely... Again the government bows down and kisses the proverbial's of the train company directors and allows a huge hike in fair prices... it's not about just planning ahead to get the cheapest ticket, it is about fairness. Something that Liebore/ConDem could not give a sh*t about unless it is about lining their pockets from rail lobby cash at election time. Complete boll*cks as usual, and of course people will just suck it up. Does the government REALLY want people in jobs and go to work because the 'congestion' statement seems to reflect the exact opposite. Beyond News Forum

1:56pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Beyond News Forum says...

I really need to start proof reading... I meant fare prices.
I really need to start proof reading... I meant fare prices. Beyond News Forum

9:18am Mon 14 Jan 13

Harry-Joe says...

The Government recently won a vote in Parliament to introduce higher fares at peak times in a bid to tackle congestion on the railways.

Really?! Why not just put more carriages on?!
How are people supposed to get to work if not by public transport? Which the councils and government have been promoting for years! ERM cars? So major traffic jams, parking issues and even more damage to the roads.

So basically we have bee told for years to travel by public transport and now we do, we are being punished for it because they have not put provisions in place for the additional travelers using the public transport system. So because they are thick and don't understand if more people use it then you need to expand it we are being punished.

How freaking rude! The idiots.

I give it a few months before they are saying they are not making enough money at peak times because there is not enough people using it!

Everyone should not use it for a day and i mean everyone. Lets see what they do then!
The Government recently won a vote in Parliament to introduce higher fares at peak times in a bid to tackle congestion on the railways. Really?! Why not just put more carriages on?! How are people supposed to get to work if not by public transport? Which the councils and government have been promoting for years! ERM cars? So major traffic jams, parking issues and even more damage to the roads. So basically we have bee told for years to travel by public transport and now we do, we are being punished for it because they have not put provisions in place for the additional travelers using the public transport system. So because they are thick and don't understand if more people use it then you need to expand it we are being punished. How freaking rude! The idiots. I give it a few months before they are saying they are not making enough money at peak times because there is not enough people using it! Everyone should not use it for a day and i mean everyone. Lets see what they do then! Harry-Joe

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