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July 25, 2007

Sounds Sensible

Passengers have been handed a multi-billion pound bill to help pay for what the Government hailed as "the most ambitious strategy for growth on the railways for 50 years".

As Ruth Kelly, the new Transport Secretary, unveiled a series of improvements designed to improve reliability and ease overcrowding, it emerged that about half the additional cost is likely to come from fare increases.

The people using a service are the ones who pay for it?  That there are some social benefits is shown by the Govt paying for half of it. All sounds entirely sensible to me.

July 25, 2007 in Your Tax Money at Work | Permalink


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I caught some of this on television last night, and she appeared to be saying that most of the fare increase would be placed upon those who by first class or flexible tickets, with the other passengers (perhaps 80%) having their fares subsidised.

Posted by: knirirr | Jul 25, 2007 8:28:24 AM

In practice, what she means is that commuters in the South East, who have no other way to reach work, will pay more so that she can continue to run "socially necessary" services in Northern England without taxing the, relatively few, people who use these services.

Residents of the South East are being asked to finance a Labour vote-buying scheme in the North. Again.

Posted by: Penguin | Jul 25, 2007 12:41:58 PM