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Fare hike, job loss fears over rail reform

Fare hike, job loss fears over rail reform
From: http://gulftoday.ae/portal/660103da-572d-4f76-86bb-1dd070db5f49.aspx

LONDON: Rail passengers face higher fares under reforms which would see ticket offices closed and reductions in on-board staff, according to leaked documents.

A Government study into improving efficiency and increasing capacity on the railways will find fare structures are too complex, illogical, over-subsidised and do not effectively manage peak demand, the documents show.

It will say the railways are subject to too much state involvement and a growth in services has not been matched by greater efficiencies.

The documents say costs are a “major problem” and need to be cut by 35 per cent to match Europe.

There are plans to cut staff and to decentralise or break up Network Rail.

The unions have threatened industrial action over the plans, which were drawn up by Sir Roy McNulty, the former chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, under the Rail Value for Money review.

They were presented to industry leaders at a workshop last month.

The final report will be presented to ministers next month.

Sir Roy said: “Some fares [are] well below the level which [the] passenger would pay.”

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