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North Devon Labour slams train fare hike

PUBLISHED: 15:27 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 02 January 2018

North Devon Labour activists protest the national rise in rail fares outside Barnstaple Station. Picture: NDL

North Devon Labour activists protest the national rise in rail fares outside Barnstaple Station. Picture: NDL

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‘Fares have now rocketed by 32 per cent since the Tories came to power’ says North Devon Labour

North Devon Labour Party activists were out to greet early morning travellers today (Tuesday) as commuters returned to work after the holiday break.

They said they were taking Labour’s alternative message for the railways to travellers as they face yet more increases in their travel costs.

Labour says the largest increase for five years, which came into force today, means passengers are now paying 32 per cent more for their train fares since the Conservatives came to power.

Mark Cann, North Devon Labour spokesman, said: “Passengers in North Devon have been hit again and again by rail fare rises.

“Across the country fares have now rocketed by 32 per cent since the Tories came to power, this is two times faster than people’s wages.

“For too long we have had a second-class rail service here in North Devon – we now have the promise of improvements, but we still need a long-term commitment to ensure the Tarka line is able to play its vital part in a 21st century public transport network for North Devon.”

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