Green Party calls for 10% cut in train and bus fares

News stories are free to read. Click here for full access to all the features, articles and archive from only £8.99.

The Green Party announced plans on January 5 for an average 10% cut in rail and bus fares, which will be included in its general election manifesto, paid for by increasing public investment in fares by £1.8bn a year.

The £9bn investment over the course of the next parliament would be met by scrapping most of the Government’s £15bn new road building programme.

The announcement came on the day when local Green parties joined RMT, Action for Rail, Compass and People’s Assembly protests against the privatised rail system.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, who joined protesters at King’s Cross station, said: “I’m pleased to announce that included in the Green Party’s 2015 general election manifesto will be funding to allow a 10% cut in the cost of public transport for passengers.

“The £9bn investment would be paid for by scrapping most of this government’s indefensible £15bn road-building programme, leaving £6 bn for further transport programmes.”