Rail fare rises spark protests at station
Rail passenger campaigners were due to protest outside Bristol Temple Meads today as the latest hike in fares came into force.
The Stop the Rail Fares Rip Off! group want ticket prices to be reduced and the railways put back into public ownership.
They were asking passengers to tweet their complaints about fare rises to @transportgovuk using hashtags #farefail #railfail.
They were also asking passengers to email their MP to complain by visiting www.farefail.org.
Rob Jenks, from Together for Transport, said: “Once again, the start of the New Year brings into reality the annual misery of hiked rail fares as so many people begin the reluctant return to work.
“At a time of low or non-existent pay rises, many people are struggling to meet the demands of increased living costs. The last thing rail passengers want is to be stung by fare increases that only serve to enhance private sector profits and allow the government to cut rail subsidy. ”
Protests were also held at Brighton, Derby, Exeter, London, Newcastle, Sheffield, Coventry, Norwich, York, Middlesbrough and Matlock.