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Train fare protest outside Chelmsford station
1:00pm Wednesday 1st January 2014 in News
PROTESTERS will be outside Chelmsford train station tomorrow to voice their disgust at their season ticket hike.
Commuters travelling into London will now have to pay £3,640 for a year-long ticket - a rise of 2.8 per cent.
Commuter Jack Tomlinson, 24, from Chelmsford, said: “This is a real slap in the face.
“We hear about the economy turning around, but most people aren’t feeling the benefits at all.
“When prices are ramped up like this it hits ordinary working people very hard and where it hurts, in their pockets.”
The demonstration will be led by the Green Party.
Dr Rupert Read, a party candidate for East of England at this year’s European elections, said increases are simply unfair.
He said: “The rise continues to outstrip the rise in wages.
“Our mish-mash of privately owned railways charge some of the highest fares in Europe.”
A Greater Anglia spokesperson added: “Annual fare rises help to maintain investment in the railways and are determined largely by government policy as confirmed in the Government’s autumn statement.”
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