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Green Party leader support protests against rail tickets price hikes

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

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GREEN Party leader Natalie Bennett has offered her party's support for protests against the rise in rail fares.

She pointed to the fact that British rail fares have been hiked for ten years in succession and our trains are now the most expensive in Europe, and passengers are struggling.

Ms Bennett said: "Households already struggling with fast-rising rents, food prices and energy costs are going to suffer a new blow.

"Many others have already been priced off the rails, forced into convoluted, long bus journeys or into their cars when they'd rather not be, adding to congestion on our roads and increasing our greenhouse gas emissions.

"We need to cut the cost of train travel, but we also need to reduce people's need to travel."

She added: "This is one more reason why we need to look to rebuild strong local economies, promoting small businesses and co-operatives that are growing food, making the goods we need and provide services on a local scale."

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