Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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Soaring Newport rail fares

The UK government have overseen a substantial increase in the cost of train tickets for Newport’s train passengers, especially commuters. People are paying more and more to get to work since the Tories came to power, which is eating into the take home pay of my constituents.

What makes it worse is that many of my constituents are not experiencing an improvement in service. Residents have told me that their trains were at times heavily overcrowded, with some people standing up for the entire time of their journey. The cost and the level of service some people are putting up with is simply not acceptable.

Between 2010 and 2016 a Newport to London season ticket has increased by over £2,000, a Newport to Portsmouth ticket by over £1,500 and a Newport to Bristol Temple Meads by over £500.

Figures have showed that season tickets for important commuting routes out of Newport train station have increased over 25%. 

You can find further information on this issue in the South Wales Argus article here

Source – Avantix Traveller (National Fares Manual) database, 2010 and 2016

 

Season Ticket

2010

2016

£ increase 

2010 - 2016

% increase        

2010 - 2016

Newport - London

£9,008

£11,232

£2,224

25%

Newport - Portsmouth

£5,740

£7,296

£1,556

27%

Newport - Bristol Temple Meads

£1,960

£2,484

£524

27%

 

 

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