Rail Fares: Green Party leader Natalie Bennett says privatisation 'has failed'

Rail fares are set to increase by 1.9% in 2017

Rail Fares are set to increase again

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, has suggested that the privatisation of rail travel "has failed" after it was announced passenger rail fares are set to increase by 1.9% in 2017.

Research by the Action for Rail union campaign and the TUC has revealed fares have increased at twice the rate of wages in the past six years. Planned fare rises for 2017 are tied to July’s Retail Price Index, which is a measure of inflation.

Ms. Bennett told Paul Ross "The whole model of privatisation really has failed," adding that "ots of people [she speaks] to say for certain journeys they'd love to use the railway but it's too expensive.

"We're running railways for shareholders not passengers, and it should be passengers that are at the forefront.

"I wouldn't say go back to British Rail itself, what we had was a system that had virtually no investment in it.

"What we want to see is [that] rail travel around Britain is the logical way to travel."

Listen to the full interview to find out more