Rail fare rises ‘to hit families’

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SHOPPERS and families will be penalised if large-scale rises of up to 11 per cent are imposed on the railway network, a South Yorkshire MP has claimed.

Denis MacShane, who represents Rotherham, has called on Transport Secretary Justine Greening not to allow such a large increase in ticket prices.

Ministers say that they plan to approve a rise in rail fares of at least 6.2 per cent, which is three per cent above the current rate of inflation. Rail firms can further inflate some tickets by as much as five per cent.

Labour politician Mr MacShane said: “This is a major blow especially here in South Yorkshire where unemployment is rising fast and incomes are being reduced.”