Labour rails against fares hike
Jane Basham, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate South Suffolk joined commuters at Sudbury station this week to talk about the increase in fares.
"Those returning to work after the festive break were met with a further hike in fares which have now gone up by 20% since 2010 and, given the service, many passengers are appalled. Even Tory ministers now admit that John Major's privatisation was a mistake. Subsidy from public funds is now greater than British Rail ever received while services get worse. If an individual behaved as this government has done, they would be standing before a judge facing a charge of larceny."
She went on,
"I’m campaigning to reform the railways, place a strict cap on fares, reform the fare structure and ticketing system and give a much better deal to passengers. The only effective way to do that is to take railways out of the hands of multinational corporations and foreign governments and have our own elected representatives fully in charge once more."
Commuter Debo Adams from Sudbury said:
"An annual season ticket to all zones in London is now nearly £6000. That's twice as much as I've ever spent on a car. The service has been again been unreliable this winter, and I don't always get a seat from Marks Tey to Liverpool Street.
What's really annoying is that about 2 years ago David Cameron announced the introduction of flexible season tickets - a great idea, but the announcement is all we've had.
Many people work from home some days each week. It eases the strain on the transport system, but means they get less value from an annual ticket, or can't justify buying one. I go to London 2-3 days a week and work at home the rest of the time, so I buy weekly tickets which have increased from £141.30 to £144.80. I may only get 3 days travel out of this, making a day cost £48.27. The train fares take a large proportion of my income and there's no sign yet of flexible season tickets."