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Channel 4 - "Big rise in rail fares 'likely'" (20/05/2010) - 8147/13198
Written by Lee on Thursday, 20th May 2010

From Channel 4:

[quote="Channel 4"]Big rise in rail fares 'likely'

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has held out little hope that rail commuters will escape big fare rises in the new year.

In their General Election manifesto the Liberal Democrats said they wanted to change the formula which allows train companies to annually raise regulated fares, which include season tickets, by 1% above the Retail Prices Index (RPI) rate of inflation.

But Tory Mr Hammond said on Thursday that although the coalition Government was committed to having a "fair fares" policy there was "no specific commitment" to changing the RPI plus 1% formula.

The January rises are based on the RPI inflation figure from the previous July. With RPI inflation now 5.3%, it seems likely that the January 2011 rise for regulated fares will be a hefty one.

Speaking at an event at King's Cross station in London, Mr Hammond said: "We have made a commitment to having fair fares but we don't have a specific commitment to changing the formula."

He said the Government had to be "realistic" about the economic situation and that changing the formula at the moment would be "difficult".

Mr Hammond also said the new Government was committed to helping London Mayor Boris Johnson and his team deliver the

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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