After the Secretariat of State for Transport, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy defended, in turn, Saturday, Dec. 27 increased rates of SNCF , citing the need to improve the quality of service to passengers.
“This 2.6% increase is needed to improve the quality of service travelers, as in 2014, only the VAT increase was reflected in the price of tickets, “said he in a statement while the increase has angered the Avuç (user Travelers Association Railways).
“It’s the everyday travelers, those who use the train to work who bear the brunt of this increase,” stressed the Association Friday with the announcement of this increase .
Increased investment for SNCF
“The train will thus be able to continue investing in maintenance, priority, and investment on equipment, information and customer relationship systems “justifies his side the Ministry of Energy.
The government insists that this increase, which comes into effective from 31 December, will not apply on all fares, “but only on the full price.”
“The calls price (Prem’s) and the card including reduction therefore remain unchanged. train will be able to offer more discounts to more modest travelers, in return for limited financial effort required of the most affluent (more than one million tickets to additional discounted rates will be published in 2015), “details the ministry.
Rates train traditionally recorded an increase on 1 January. In 2014, however, only the increase in VAT from 7% to 10%, was reflected in the price of the tickets.
“An abandonment of the public service” according to Le Pen
Marine Le Pen , president of the National Front, called Saturday “cancellation” of rising rates of train scheduled for 1, which “hides” she said a “abandonment of public service “.
” Once again, the train has announced a sharp increase in its rates by 2.6% on average on 1 January , well above inflation, “said Ms Le Pen in a statement entitled” train . the heavy tariff increase hides an abandonment of public service “
She said “this increase is even as the train gives up more clearly its public service mission to prepare for the opening to competition of rail transport in 2019 at the behest of the European Union. “
” France must regain control of its public service rail and stop applying obediently European texts which degrade the quality of service and weigh down prices, “said Ms. Le Pen.
It” and demand the freezing of European directives liberalization of the rail and the immediate cancellation of the price increase of 1 January, justified by much less than in the first half of 2014, the train has made a profit of 224 million euros. “
” The purchasing power of the French must be an imperative, “concluded the President of the far-right party.
After the Secretariat of State for Transport, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy defended in turn Saturday the increase in rates of train , citing the need to improve the quality of service to passengers.
(with AFP )