Rail union protest at fare rises
Rail union members handed out leaflets to train passengers as part of a campaign against fare increases and possible job cuts.
RMT branch chairman Paul Southwood was campaigning outside Leicester station.
The leaflets oppose proposed inflation-busting fare increases averaging 6.2 per cent, which come into force in January.
The announcement in August was criticised by rail users and unions, as well as Leicestershire transport campaigners.
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Mr Southwood said: "We handed out more than 100 leaflets to people and urged them to contact their MPs to protest about the proposed fare increases.
"We do not believe there is a need to increase fares that much. We are also concerned about reports which suggest a cut in jobs to make rail companies more profitable."
He said the union would be leafleting stations in the county again before the new charges were imposed.
The proposed increase would mean commuters paying almost £810 for a monthly season ticket from Leicester to London St Pancras.
The increases come on top of rises averaging 5.7 per cent imposed by East Midlands Trains in January.