Coventry MP slams rail fare hike which will hit Coventry commuters

The average Coventry railway commuter will now be paying £2,966 or 42% more than in 2010, according to the MP.

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Many railway commuters will see a 1.6% rise in fares from January 2021, despite a slump in passenger demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About half of rail fares in England are pegged to July’s Retail Price Index, which defied forecasts and increased from 1.1%.

The rise compares to 2.8% last year and is the lowest for four years, according to the Office of National Statistics, meaning a smaller price increase for travellers than last year.

Taiwo Owatemi, MP for Coventry North West, slammed the Government for allowing a rail fare hike at a time of recession.

The average Coventry commuter will now be paying £2,966 or 42% more than in 2010, according to the MP, who also said fares have increased two and a half time faster than wages.

“As a commuter down to London myself, I understand how other regular commuters will feel about this news”, the MP explained.

She continued: “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”

Transport Minister Chris Heaton-Harris commented: “We expect any rail fare rise to be the lowest in four years and any increase will go straight to ensuring crucial investment in our railways.”