RMT: 'Nobody will be fooled by this political stunt'

General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union Bob Crow. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Bob Crow, leader of the RMT transport union, has said that the announcement that rail fare increases are to be capped next year is a "total con".

Regulated fares in England could have gone up by 9.1% in January but they will now be a maximum of 6.1%.

"This is a total con that will still leave the vast majority paying inflation-busting fares to pump up the profits of the private train operators.

"For a few it will feel like having your wallet nicked with the mugger then handing you a few bob back to buy a pint. Nobody will be fooled by this political stunt.

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Rail fare increases to be limited

Rail fare increases are to be capped next year. Regulated fares in England could have gone up by 9.1% in January but they will now be a maximum of 6.1%. But Labour says it is "cold comfort" for commuters.