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Rail Fares on the up, Rail violence on the up

Rail passengers in Nottingham are facing price rises among the highest in the country. As of 3 January 2006, most train operators have imposed above-inflation fare increases – with three of the four highest on Nottinghamshire train operators’ services. The Rail passengers’ Council chief executive, Anthony Smith, said: “The industry is going to have to work hard to demonstrate that these rises represent value for money.”

However, according to British Transport Police, the number of people caught up in violent incidents on Nottingham’s rail network has increased. There were 28 victims of violence in 2004/5, up from 20 in 2002/3. Over the same period the numbers of victims of violence for Derbyshire and Leicestershire went down. Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat transport spokesman, said: “These figures will be an embarrassment to the Government.” The party is pushing the government to follow up on its safer stations initiative for the rail network.

Charlotte Jolly

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