Video: Rail unions say 4-9% fare hike unacceptable

With rail fares hikes between 4.3 to 9.1 per cent, rail unions have said Birmingham might see a rise in the number of cars on the streets again.

Earlier, on 13 August, Brum Transport spoke to rail unions protesting the fare hike at the New Street and Birmingham International stations.

Ken Usher, regional organiser, Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union explained the impact the hikes are likely to have on commuters. He said:

“Between 2008 and now, we have seen an almost 48 per cent hike in rail fare. This is bound to lead more people to start using cars again.”

RMT has urged the government to roll back the decision to allow for nearly 4-9% fare hike by rail companies.

More from him in the video below:

Live updates of the protests are also available on an earlier post on Brum Transport.

Rails unions protest at over 50 train stations nationwide

Rail unions are gathering today at over 50 stations, including the Birmingham New Street station and the Birmingham International station to protest fare hikes announced this morning.

Rail travellers face an increase in rail fare ranging from 4.3 – 9.1 per cent. The revised fares will be implemented from January 2014.

Brum Transport reports live from the protests organised by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union in Birmingham:


Soon to follow: Interview with Ken Usher, regional organiser, Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) workers union.