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Protesters campaign on rising train fares
CAMPAIGNERS protested at Weymouth Railway Station over rising train fares.
Members of Dorset Green Party were campaigning against the rise in regulated fares, which will see the cost of some tickets go up by as much as 4.1 per cent in January next year.
It was part of a national protest at stations around the country against the above-inflation rise and calling for railways to be returned to public ownership.
Anne Clements, spokesman for the Green Party, said lower fares would encourage people to travel by train and reduce CO2 emissions.
She urged rail users to write to their MPs about the issue.
Mrs Clements said: “Around 85 per cent of global CO2 transport emissions come from cars, planes and trucks. “More people need to opt for rail and for that to happen we need more investment, a better integrated system and fair fares.
“Tuesday’s action coincides with the Department for Transport’s annual announcement of next year’s fare increases as part of that drive. The UK already has some of the highest fares but there are plans to continue to hike these up.”
The protest was part of a wider campaign supported by the Green Party to gradually bring the railways back into public ownership as franchises fail or end so that people are put first and there is real value for the taxpayer.
Members of the Green Party handed out flyers with a letter for people to fill in and send to their MP pushing for a publically-owned railway service.
Roy and Vivienne Withall, of Portland, said: “We don’t use the trains that often but when we do it’s quite expensive.
“The prices keep going up and it is cheaper online but we don’t have a computer.
“We’re definitely going to fill the form in and we took some extras to give to neighbours.”
Stuart Roland, of Radipole, said he did not think the fares should go above inflation.
He said: “There was a big rise just after Christmas.
“The roads are so busy it doesn’t make sense to put fares up again because more people will use their cars.”
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