Rail fare hikes to hit High Peak commuters

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Calls have been made for the Government to re-think plans to hit High Peak commuters with a new 40 per cent Super Peak fares hike.

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the High Peak, Caitlin Bisknell, said: “I know many people across High Peak already regularly commute into Stockport and Manchester by train to get to work but a 40 per cent price hike may mean that people can no longer afford to use peak-time trains to get to work, putting their jobs at risk.

“At a time when transport costs are rising and people across the country are facing a real squeeze, commuters paying thousands for a season ticket should not be forced onto off peak-time trains. If they get away with introducing these new Super Peak tickets, the Government’s plans suggest peak time prices could go up by a staggering 40 per cent on top of planned fares rises over just five years.”