Commenting on today's (Wednesday) RPI figure of 1.6%, which will be used to set rail fare rises in January 2021, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“As rail commuters face another year of fare rises, it's time for government to put everything into saving services and staff. The pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to the rail industry, but millions of people still rely on trains in their everyday lives. Commuters should not face a stripped down service as they return to work.
“The government has stepped in with financial support since March. Now that the franchise system is effectively dead, the government should bring the service back into full public ownership.
“As we build back from this crisis, good, accessible jobs need to be at the heart of our recovery. Millions of people will need to return to their workplaces using our railways - they deserve a service that is fit for purpose.”
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