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Double Trouble For Cornish Rail Passengers

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:54pm 3rd January 2012. (Updated at 12:55pm 3rd January 2012)

Cornish campaigners call on the government to sort out spiralling rail fares once and for all.

Some tickets in the Duchy have doubled. A ticket from Penzance to Glasgow first thing this morning has gone from £213 to £427.

Others have risen an inflation busting six percent.

Gordon Edwards, Secretary of Travel Watch South West is describing Duchy passengers as a "captive audience."

He said, "If they're needing to travel by train to work or for other education, they're just going to have to do it, and therefore that will reduce their disposable income elsewhere. If they're travelling by train for leisure purposes I think they're going to think twice.

"The alternative is that people don't use the train. They get in cars; they add to congestion, they add to carbon emissions. The big issue for the industry is to get the cost of running the railways down, which would benefit the taxpayer and the passenger."

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