Campaigning against rising cost of rail fares
Posted: January 6, 2014 Filed under: Transport, Uncategorized | Tags: train fares
This morning I am joining local campaigners and Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South and Shadow Rail Minister, at Corby rail station to highlight the rising cost of rail fares and the Government’s failure to protect commuters from inflation busting rises.
The cost of a off-peak return ticket from Corby to London rose to £46.50 last week, and increase of 4.5% which is much higher than the national average. The cost of a season ticket to London is now £7,400.
Labour opened the railway station at Corby and lots of people use it but it is becoming more and more expensive. I have also been contacted by local people about the costly car park fees.
Rail fares have risen 20% under this Government. David Cameron is doing nothing to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and has delivered three years of inflation busting fare rises. Labour wants to put passengers first by enforcing a strict cap on rail fares and we would give commuters a clear legal right to the cheapest ticket.It is also completely unacceptable that passengers have had to wait until two days before Christmas to find out how much their season tickets will cost in the New Year. People need timely information so that they can budget effectively.
I will be raising these issues with the Government.