Higher fuel costs affect everyone

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In your article, “George left with few friends at the pumps” (Page 4, 22 March) you quote from Halifax MP Linda Riordan.

She claimed that the Chancellor should have done more to help motorists and rail passengers lower their costs.

For a start higher fuel prices affect everyone and not just motorists as 97% of our goods and services go by road. Any increase in those costs are passed onto all of us. Also when her government presented budgets they introduced a fuel tax escalator which, if not cancelled the last two years by the present Chancellor, would have meant 10p more per litre at the pumps already!

As for “rail passengers lowering their costs” the plans to electrify the transpennine route will help in that goal. Which planet is she on?

Cllr Roger Taylor

(Con Northowram and Shelf)