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Trainline hits the buffers as investors fret over Labour plans to cut ticket prices

Over the weekend, Labour said that it will immediately reduce the price of season tickets and other regulated rail fares by around 33%, while also setting up a new fee-free booking website

Trainline - Trainline hits the buffers as investors fret over Labour plans to cut ticket prices

Trainline PLC (LON:TRN) shares were on a downward track on Monday as investors fretted whether to disembark over Labour’s plans to cut rail fares for UK commuters.

On Sunday the party said if it forms a government following this month’s general election it will immediately reduce the price of season tickets and other regulated rail fares by around 33%, while also introducing free rail travel for those aged under 16.

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“Privatisation has created one of the most complex, exploitative and expensive ticketing systems in the world. Labour will scrap the bewildering and outdated fares and ticketing system that discriminates against part-time workers, discourages rail travel and excludes the young and low paid”, said Labour’s shadow transport secretary, Andy McDonald.

The party will also set up a new online ticketing website that will allow passengers to buy tickets without paying booking fees.

The site would provide a direct competitor to Trainline, which sells tickets for 220 rail and coach carriers across 45 European and Asian countries through its website and mobile app.

The firm floated on the London Stock Exchange at 350p per share in June and since then has since an increase of 33% to 467p as of close last Friday, giving it a market cap of over £2bn.

While Labour’s plans will not affect its international operations, they will likely weigh heavily on Trainline’s core UK business, which in its last set of half year results raked in around £1.6bn in net ticket sales, nearly 90% of its total for the period.

The news caused some investors to disembark in early trading as the stock tracked 3.4% lower to 451p.

Quick facts: Trainline

Price: 482.5 GBX

LSE:TRN
Market: LSE
Market Cap: £23.19 m
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