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Lucy demands Virgin Trains review their decision to scrap cheaper peak Railcard fares

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Lucy has demanded an 'urgent' review on Virgin Trains' decision about the increase of fares for railcard holders.

From Sunday 6th September, Virgin Trains are to scrap off-peak fares for railcard holders at peak times which could lead to a 150% increase for some journeys.

Lucy Powell said:

"These changes will lead to huge increases in fares for the customers the railcard system should be supporting- and when train fares are already so high, could be the difference in deciding whether a commute or a trip is possible"

Lucy also added:

"In the case of services leaving Euston toward Manchester, this means catching a service after 7 pm, meaning that people will no longer be able to make day trips to London using the concessionary fare unless they are prepared to be arriving home at 10pm at the earliest, which isn’t an option for some people.”

"Railcards are used overwhelmingly by older people, people with disabilities, young people or people with families. I know from my own experience before I was an MP when I frequently travelled with my children during peak hours, that they provide an invaluable discount."

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