Freeze rail fares to help commuters return safely to work, urges Labour

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(Source: Express & Star)

Rail fares should be frozen to encourage commuters to return to work, Labour has said.

Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon also pressed for a part-time season ticket as he warned that fares are set for another increase in January despite the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in lower than normal passenger numbers.

His remarks came after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told MPs: “I can report to the House some numbers which might be helpful overall and say that 62% of workers across the country are now going back to work – that’s the highest level since the crisis began.

“And in particular on National Rail, the figure for the week commencing September 7 was 42% back on our national rail services.

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