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LOCAL LIB DEMS JOIN CALLS FOR END TO ABOVE-INFLATION RAIL FARE INCREASES

by chriswhite on 02/01/2013

Local Liberal Democrat campaigners Sandy Walkington and Chris White have joined calls for an end to above-inflation rail fare increases as further season ticket rises hit St Albans commuters.

“After ten years of above-inflation rises, it’s time to call a halt,” said Sandy Walkington.  “Our previous research has shown that the St Albans-London commute mile for mile is just about the most expensive anywhere.  The government-sponsored McNulty Review showed that costs can be taken out of the industry and overheads reduced – it’s time that travellers see those benefits.”

Cllr Chris White, as a regular commuter with First Capital Connect, said “Rises for users of the Thameslink route leave a particularly bitter taste in the mouth.  We pay increasingly through the nose for a rail service which is increasingly unreliable.  Trains fail on an all too regular basis.  It’s time to get our rail services back on track and for a halt to these punitive fare increases.”

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