Protest against rise in rail fares held in Berwick

Campaigners protested about the latest hike in rail fares at Berwick station on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 4th January 2017, 9:31 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:00 pm
Rail protest group at Berwick

Berwick Trades Council was joined by Berwickshire Granarchists in support of Action for Rail.

While fares across the UK will rise on average 2.3 per cent, Virgin Trains East Coast fares will go up 4.9 per cent. Some fares, such as season tickets and off peak returns set by the Government, will increase by 1.9 per cent.

Keith Craig, from Berwick, was travelling to York to visit his young grandson.

“I like to bring him back and forth to visit me, but I might not be able to do it so often,” he said. “It’s not just the railways, you know. It’s electricity, water, gas too - none of the essential services should be in private hands.”

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Berwickshire Granarchist Kate Duncan said: “As tax payers, we fund about 70 per cent of railway investment, private companies carrying the risk on only 30 per cent.

“Then they have the cheek to increase the fares, to extract even more from us.”

Alison Currie, Berwickshire Granarchist, added: “We know from many actions we’ve held at this station that the majority of the travelling public want the railways back in public ownership. Privatisation has been a disaster for everyone except the companies making profits and their shareholders. We would like to put on record though how much we appreciate the friendly and highly professional staff at Berwick station.”