Lib Dems at County speak out over hikes

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RAIL hikes due to hit commuters in January have been slammed by Liberal Democrats at county hall.

Train operator London Midland has confirmed that commuters in Dacorum will see fare increases in line with the government’s announcement of rises of three per cent above inflation from January.

Lib Dem county councillor Ron Tindall said: “Increases of at least three per cent above inflation just cannot be justified.

“Most commuters and rail users are seeing very small pay increases or in many cases pay cuts.

“If council tax can be frozen, then why not rail fares? For many families it has a far bigger impact on their budget at this difficult time.”

The regional arm of the political party wants to see fares reduced in line with countries similar to the UK, believing that the move would help reduce traffic on congested roads.

Mr Tindall added: “Too much money has been wasted on the botched rail privatisation with rolling stock companies, network rail, rail franchises and so on.

“Half the people involved seem to be employed just to check the other half aren’t ripping them off!

“More effort should be spent on forcing them to work together to expand the rail network and get fares down.”