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Labour campaigners greet rail commuters on first day back to work

PUBLISHED: 16:48 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:31 04 January 2016

Labour Party campaigners protest at Norwich Railway Station against the latest rise in rail fares.

Labour Party campaigners protest at Norwich Railway Station against the latest rise in rail fares.

Archant

The link between higher rail fares and investment has been broken amid delays to vital projects, Labour’s shadow transport minister has claimed as activists turned out to protest at rail stations across the region.

Commuters using Norwich, King’s Lynn and stations along the Bittern Line were met by Labour activists highlighting ticket prices rises on the first day back to work.

Lilian Greenwood, the shadow transport secretary, also claimed the government was letting down passengers on East Anglia routes, claiming the real terms fare freeze will only be temporary.

Abriefing to potential rail operators in East Anglia stated that bidders could assume fares will rise 1pc above inflation from 2021.

She also said people want certainty they will be delivered what is being promised, including the campaign to run trains from Norwich to London in 90 minutes.

Adam Giles, a Labour Party volunteer who was out leafletting in Norwich, said: “We’ve spoken to a lot of commuters today who are very disappointed about the rail fares going up.

“They don’t feel like the quality of service has improved and they’re having to pay more out of their pocket towards the transport, particularly with the reforms to local government.”

He said the Abellio Greater Anglia franchise was set to expire and his party would like to bring it back into public ownership.

Jo Rust, Secretary of the North West Norfolk constituency Labour party, was among a group of protesters gathered outside King’s Lynn railway station.

“The rail fares may have only gone up by 1pc this time around, which is a positive step. However, it is still an increase for the use of that service and doesn’t help the local economy whatsoever.”

“It is also not reflected in the travel; there are still not enough carriages, the service is infrequent, the trains are dirty, overcrowded and there’s no wifi available.

“People are having to travel further afield for employment, and that travel is essential and people can’t do without it.”

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “We are helping hardworking people with the cost of transport. We’ve put a stop to inflation busting increases in regulated fares until 2020. This will save the average season ticket holder £425 in this Parliament and means earnings are outstripping rail fare increases for first time in a decade.

“For too long, passengers in East Anglia have not had the high-quality rail services that they deserve. Our ambitious requirements will change that by making journeys significantly better than they are now. Passengers will be able to travel between Norwich and London in just 90 minutes in modern, state of the art trains, while there will also be 180 extra services a week between the region’s cities and towns.”

33 comments

  • @billy smith, milecross, riversofblood, all the rest and now a new one 'donny navy'! Oh dear, oh dear...why don't you wait for the correct story to comment on, I'm sure Archie will oblige and it will be along in a minute. But do please try and stick to one username, go on give it ago. You are entitled to your views, of course, but it isn't very British to per,vert the course of the comments thread by logging on with different alias over and over again. I know as a paid troll you gave to do it, but it really rather tiring.

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    Rushallchap2

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • you only have to read the news to see this dreadful party tearing itself apart in public . Three shadow cabinate ministers resigning . One live on air .Its more like a circus

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    donny navy

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • @billy smith - what are you actually saying? Mr Blair doesn't get any benefits, if you believe that is the case let's see your source; put up or shut up. As already said, Mr Blair is afforded the same level of security provided to all of our former and current prominent politicians; it's part of our covenant with them all for doing the difficult jobs they do on our behalf. Would it really be too much to ask for you to actually understand the rubbish you are writing? Evidently it is.

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    Rushallchap2

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • hard working people in this country have every right to be angry at funding an ex disgraced PM . Tony blair should face the same benefit rules as the rest of us . The more you earn the less you get paid in benefits . Why should we fund someone earning millions as he tours the world while millions in this country face severe hardship

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    billy smith

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • @steely - I'm sorry to say it friend but I think a further spot of research is required; it's 2016 this year! It's an easy mistake to make because beating with billy smith, milecross, river softwood et al is a lot like Groundhog Day. Hope it's a peaceful and prosperous year for us all.

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    Rushallchap2

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • I wonder how much the political outriders are getting paid to turn a story about putrid rail into an anti Labour thread - small minded & overpaid

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    Rob44

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • SteelyDan; why be so selective? Why not look a bit closer to home and see what security for some is costing you?

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    Rob44

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • Jenkins; where have you been hiding? everyone knows the bankers wrecked the economy & if they have the right political connections they get a seat in th House of Lords. You hadn't noticed?

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    Rob44

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • Thanks Rushall and all the best for 2015 for Rushall Olympic. I think you have my boys, Mickleover Sports, in a couple of weeks.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • @steely - I think a bit more research is needed old friend. The Blairs, all eight of their party, stayed in a luxury villa which they paid for themselves. Their security would have been housed in the main hotel are far more modest cost. Like Mr Blair, Mrs Thatcher or any of the rest they do a difficult job in their time in office making a host of unpopular decisions on our behalf. Ongoing security is part of our obligation to them for undertaking this task. However I believe the story is about the dreadful rail service we all endure, kudos to you for at least giving your comment a rail related spin. Billy smith and at that trolls other aliases are, however, stuck in their siding as usual and with leaves on their line there is little chance of them ever arriving at the destination!

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    Rushallchap2

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • just why is the taxpayer funding tony blair in these hard times when he could well afford to fund himself . If tony blair wants to tour the world making speeches he should fund it out of his own pocket . Why should the taxpayer have to foot the bill?

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    sidjones811

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • The tax payer did not pay for Blair's holiday . All ex prime ministers get paid protection , as do ex Home Secretaries and ex ministers for Northern Ireland . And why not ? . Cameron when he steps down will cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands each year for decades to come.

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    Larson Whipsnade

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Rushall - unfortunately the taxpayer is paying. The bodyguards will have booked rooms either side of his. Cost to you and me £16k per night plus other expenses. A sobering thought is that he is paying more for a nights stay than the cost of a Norwich - London annual season ticket. Even if I had his wealth my conscience wouldn't let me indulge like this. Why don't those people go and stand outside one of his properties and protest.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • @billy smith - can you please provide a single example of someone who has worked hard all their life and now finds themselves homeless? I'd be very interested in their situation. Also can you and all your aliases (milecross, Alfred smith, riversofblood, northwind56 etc etc) please provide on shred of evidence that the taxpayer will pay for Mr Blairs New Year's Eve holiday, if not you really should retract your statement. As far as I can see a wealthy man took 8 people including himself on holiday and paid for it. Why that's comment worthy I have no idea, perhaps ask your bn,p taskmasters.

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    Rushallchap2

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • It may be a new year on here but nothing changes......northwind56 , ted . steely dan , Jenkins , billy smith , Whiley's Mum etc . One rather desperate attention seeker.

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    Larson Whipsnade

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Nobody was taking any notice of these demonstrators with their childish signs when I walked past, guess they remembered that Labour wrecked the economy when they were last in power.

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    Jenkins

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • so the labour supporters are protesting about higher rail fares and investment . They are not protesting about the cost of tony blairs one night in a hotel which is probably going to be picked up by the taxpayer . Its about time these labour supporters got their priorities right because one of the left wing comments on here thinks spending 8.000 pounds on a night in a hotel is a big joke

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    northwind56

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • SteelyDan; if you got a proper job you may be able to afford an 8 grand a night hotel.

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    Rob44

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • @steelydan . I am sure all the people who have worked hard all their lives and now find themselves homeless will not begrudge tony blair a night in a hotel at taxpayers expense?. ,. . Tony blair doesn't see it as a problem so why should anybody else?

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    billy smith

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • how very silly and utterly pointless. i will be voting conservative party because of this.

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    Whiley's Mum

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Rob44, I think you're being incredibly naive. Even assuming billy smith and his other nasty reactionary incarnations could read you can't expect them to acknowledge any sort of reasonable points unless put up by Saint George or Saint Nigel. They're only capable of silly playground jibes, usually not very well punctuated or grammatical.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Back in the real world ,Labour's Tony Blair is spending New Year in an £8,000 per night hotel in the Seychelles.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • what a sad bunch of losers. paulh spot on mate.

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    ted

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • I see you still can't read billy smith?

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    Rob44

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Why does Archant have to put a political spin on this when the vast majority of commuters & travels are fed up with the rotten service provided by the frnachise holders at ridiculously high fares. Why can Archant point out that fares in the UK are up to X 6 the cost of rail travel in Europe? Why does the taxpayer have to give these foreign companies such large handouts so they can repatriate the money to their homeland?

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    Rob44

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Just what I'd need to cheer me up on my first day back - NOT! Thank god, I'm retired, and don't have to put up with any of this c---.

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Upgrading the line and cheapening fares would have enormous benefits for Norwich,but it won't happen! Successive governments since the 60's have missed golden upportunities to upgrade and improve the rail system, and instead have dismantled it, and made it a national joke! This never happened on the continent because they realised that the railways were a national and economic asset,and a factor in minimising the volume of road transport! Protests like this won't do any good,and won't change the mindset of governments and politicians! I hope Abello do upgrade the line,and the shorter the journey time, the more reliable it is, and the cheaper it is, means Norwich could benefit considerably.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • The irony is that the train company is already nationalised. It's the Netherlands state rail company who owns Abellio!!

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    itsme73

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Naive protest Party with no solutions bar renationalise trains by borrowing again aka Her Majesties Opposition.Sorry you lost get over it for at least ten maybe fifteen years Cheer up Corbynites.

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    PaulH

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Hmm where were the Labour protesters when the City Council put up car parking charges in Norwich by inflation busting amounts? Of course the two faced credentials of the City Council is clear to see - use public transport and park and ride but come and park in our car parks which we keep building. Very professional looking protest, some scrappy card and as its a burning issue no Clive Lewis and no Norwich North reps. Oh I forgot, Clive is in London ousting right wingers.

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    NchNthMan

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Never mind asking where the protesters were when Labour was spending huge sums of money. The real question is where were they when I arrived at the station at 06.15 a.m.to catch my train. If you are going to protest, get up earlier and get your message across to all commuters - not just those leaving Norwich in the January daylight.

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    Clarkey

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Another bout of collective amnesia within the Labour party. Poor things. If all they have got to worry about is wifi not being available on a train then what a sad life they must lead. Just relax. No wonder people are so uptight these days. Switch off, leave work in the work place. People don`t seem to have any time to live nowadays. How on earth did we manage?

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    Hereandthere

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • where were these protesters when labour was spending huge sums of money this country didn't have that put us in this mess in the first place

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    billy smith

    Monday, January 4, 2016

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