Full interview with Chris Hyomes from Rail Future, an independent organisation campaigning for better rail services.
Rail passengers started the new year digging deeper into their purses and wallets. Many fares have gone up and by more than inflation. Campaigners are criticising the increases, notably the cost of a season ticket in our region, which they claim won't add up to a better service.
Campaigners are criticising the government for allowing a tenth year of train fare rises that are above inflation. Rail Future says the promised investment in the network has not materialised. Yorkshire spokesman Chris Hyomes:
Protests will take place at train stations across Yorkshire today after it was revealed fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages since the recession.
Rail unions will hand protest Christmas cards to commuters at stations including Doncaster, Leeds and Hull.
It comes as the TUC's Action for Rail campaigners revealed between 2008 and 2012 average rail fares increased by 26.6 per cent, with average wages rising by just 9.6 per cent over the same period.
The Association of Train Operating Companies announced a 3.9 per cent increase in average prices last week, with some fares set to rise by as much as 10 per cent from January.