Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Rail tickets soar by up to 27% in West Midlands

People in the Black Country are paying up to 27 per cent more for rail travel than in 2010.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has revealed that people in the Black Country and elsewhere in the West Midlands are paying up to 27 per cent more for rail travel than in 2010.

New fare rises came into effect on 2 January 2015. Now some season tickets in the Black Country have risen by more than 27 per cent since 2010, costing thousands of pounds more for commuters.

For example, a season ticket from Birmingham to London on Virgin trains has gone up by 24 per cent, from £8,028 to £9,916.

Austin has written to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to raise concerns about the steep rise, and is calling for railway reforms including a strict cap on fares on every route.

Ian Austin said:

“Lots of families in the West Midlands are struggling to make ends meet. Wages here are below the national average and the cost of living keeps going up.

“Now David Cameron is doing nothing to tackle rip-off rail tickets with fares soaring by up to 27 per cent since 2010 in our region.

“This government just isn’t interested in listening to hard-up commuters in places like Dudley.”

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