– Transport Minister Norman Baker
Family budgets are being squeezed, so that is why this coalition Government has taken proactive steps to cut the planned fare rises from 3% to 1% above inflation until 2014.
We are engaged in the biggest rail investment programme since the 19th century and it is only right that the passenger, as well as the taxpayer, contributes towards that.
In the longer term we are determined to reduce the cost of running the railways so that we can end the era of above-inflation fare rises.
Campaigners today urged an end to above-inflation rail fare rises amid widespread anger at continuing increases.