Rail fare rise could hit roads

PUBLISHED: 10:56 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 26 October 2009

Soaring train fares could force commuters onto Herfordshire s already overstretched roads, fears the county council. Inflation-busting fare hikes - as much as 4.8 per cent in some cases - have angered councillors who will write to the Association of Tra

Soaring train fares could force commuters onto Herfordshire's already overstretched roads, fears the county council.

Inflation-busting fare hikes - as much as 4.8 per cent in some cases - have angered councillors who will write to the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).

Leader of the council, Robert Gordon, fears the added cost could lead to commuters switching to cars.

He said: "The last thing that we need in Hertfordshire is more congestion on our roads.

"Despite Hertfordshire County Council continuing to encourage the use of railways, people could be turned off by excessive price hikes.

"More traffic would be bad for the environment, bad for our road network and bad for the people of Hertfordshire."

He added: "We will be outlining our objection in the strongest possible terms to the ATOC.

"I suspect that they are likely to blame the Government for underfunding rail services and, if their complaint is correct, we are ready to join with them in lobbying the Secretary of State.

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