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Protests at Swansea train station over ticket prices and cuts backed by MP

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

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PROTESTS at railway stations have won the support of a Swansea MP.

Sian James, member for Swansea East, said she was backing the TUC- led action against planned cuts and the increasing cost of rail travel.

The TUC Action for Rail protests were held at 50 railway stations across the UK, including Swansea and Cardiff.

Rail fares have risen three times as much as wages over the last four years, say transport unions.

And the railway operators claim it is the Government that decides average season ticket increases.

"There's a huge gap between what people can afford to pay and what people are having to pay," said Rob Jenks, of the transport and travel union TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs' Association).

Mrs James, who serves on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rail, said she "fully supported the protests which follow an announced above inflation fare levels for next year".

"They (the TUC) have my full backing," she said.

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  • chelsea1955  |  December 13 2012, 9:04PM

    Swansea to Dundee - open return last year £170.00, this year wait for it £352.00 YES £352.00 as i want to leave at 7.00am it is call PEAK TIME, If i catch a train after 10.00am it will reduce to £175.00 will not get to my hotel until 8.00pm if i am lucky, use to get the 7.05am arrive Dundee 3.30.pm after doing this trip for 10 years the trains are always half empty in the mornings which they call PEAK time, cheaper to fly or even take the car this time

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