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'Double Whammy' Warning for Cornish Commuters

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7:01am 14th August 2012

There is a warning Cornwall could end up paying more for fewer trains.

Unions and passenger groups are holding a national day of action angry ticket prices are going up 3% more than inflation.

The government is still deciding whether to cut the number of direct services from the Duchy to London.

One commuter getting off at Penzance said: "The trains were stuffed. They were really crowded. People were sitting on suitcases. If they are going to cut them down there is going to be even more squashing."

TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These fare rises will add even more pressure to passengers already feeling a massive squeeze on their incomes. The government is asking train operators to make cuts to staff on trains, stations and in ticket offices while continuing to receive public subsidy and give millions in dividends to shareholders.

"Passengers are being asked to pay more to get less. We want cuts to rail fares, not rail staff.”

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “Passengers will be rightly angry when they find out the full extent of the inflation-busting fare increases imposed on them by government diktat. The idea that this extra money will be invested in the railways is a sick joke, it will simply be trousered by the greedy train operators, same as it always has been since privatisation."

7:01am 14th August 2012

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