To coincide with the announcement of the rise in train fares, Taiwo Owatemi MP has slammed the Conservatives for allowing another rail fare hike at a time of recession. The Labour MP is concerned already pressed and concerned commuters will be hit by rising train fares from January 2021 should they return to their place of work.
Taiwo has compared the cost of travel between when the Conservatives came to power and the projected new prices that will be implemented from 2021.
The average Coventry commuter will now be paying £10,062 for their season ticket, which is £2,966 or 42% more than in 2010. Fares have also increased two and half times faster than wages.
Taiwo Owatemi MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Coventry North West said:
“As a commuter down to London myself, I understand how other regular commuters will feel about this news.
During these tough economic times this Government must start putting passengers’ interests above private rail companies’ interests.
In order to connect Coventry to support our local economy and community the government should do what it can to support our city. Frankly, another rail fare rises will do the opposite.”