Gordon has criticised the Tory Government after passengers to and from Blackpool have seen yet another big increase to their already “eye watering” rail fares.
The increase in fares mean that a season ticket from Blackpool to Manchester will have gone up by £644 in the last six years – an increase of 25% under David Cameron’s watch. In addition a season ticket from Blackpool to Blackburn has risen by £468 since 2010 – an increase of 24%.
The latest rise in prices came into effect at the weekend and Gordon said it would have a “negative impact” on both commuters and tourists travelling to and from the resort.
He said: “Passengers to and from Blackpool have been hit again and again by eye watering rail fares – fares that have rocketed by 25 per cent under almost six years of the Tories and far outstripping any increase in most people’s pay packet in the town.”
Passengers have also been hit by an extra blow with off-peak tickets for evening travel in the north being hiked up by 162%, an increase that Gordon described as a “stealth fare rise”.
Gordon said: “For a lot of people in Blackpool and particularly where car ownership is one of the lowest in the North West, travelling by train isn’t a luxury. It is how many often get to work but this Government continues to make life more difficult for them. It will also put off tourists from visiting the resort and be harmful to our town’s businesses and the wider local economy.”
Gordon, also a former Shadow Transport Minister, added that Labour’s policy was to bring the railways back into public ownership so they could be run “for passengers, not for profit”. He explained: “That means fairer fairs, investment in a 21st century railway and giving passengers a stronger voice.”