Labour probes rising public transport and petrol costs

Labour is launching its transport policy review today to find ways to relieve the pressure that travelling costs are putting on ordinary families.

Its frontbench transport team, including East London’s Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick, is touring the country to listen to youngsters to find out how rising fares, increased fuel prices and cuts to concessionary fares and bus services affect their education and job opportunities.

Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle said: “Families are feeling the squeeze from eye-watering rail fares, fuel prices and loss of bus services.

“The government’s determination that the user pays fails to understand the wider value of an affordable and reliable transport system.”

They are visiting further education colleges to meet students and discuss how travel costs affects their daily lives.


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