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.”