“Figures show that whilst the average wage has increased by 15% since January 2008, rail fares have increased by an eye-watering 40% over the same period(1). A lot of this money is being siphoned off as profits and shareholder dividends by greedy privatised train operators, instead of being re-invested into improving our railway system and keeping down fare rises.This why our railways are amongst the most expensive in Europe”. “The Green Party believes that the costly and wasteful structure of our rail industry which was caused by its 1993 privatisation, should be replaced by a joined-up, more cost-efficient publically owned organisation(2)”.
“The TUC and many of its affiliated unions support the call for public ownership of our railways and a recent report by think tank Transport for Quality of Life, demonstrates that a publically owned railway would, allowing for investment and improvements, be cheaper to run and cost less to use than the dysfunctional, expensive and unreliable service we have today (3)”.
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Average Earnings (January)
Rail fares (January)
(1)Figures provided by the Trades Union Congress http://www.tuc.org.uk/industrial/tuc-22457-f0.cfm(2) see Green Party Transport Policy http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/tr
(3) Transport for Quality of Life Rebuilding Rail June 2012 http://transportforqualityoflife.com/