The Government have confirmed that rail fares are expected to increase by 3.2% next year.
The rise in prices, which follows an increase in prices of 3.6% for this year, means some commuters will have to pay hundreds more, but still suffer an appalling service.
Commenting on the expected rise in the cost of regulated rail fares, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
“Local rail users already suffer enough from the terrible service provided by GTR Southern Rail and Thameslink, so the idea of paying even more for this service is an outrageous kick in the teeth for long-suffering customers.
Rather than raising prices, the Government should be punishing rail providers for their shocking service by stripping them of their contracts. Instead the Government are allowing the failing rail companies to make more profits at the expense of improving rail services and frustrated commuters.”
Tom Brake is campaigning for Southern Rail to be sacked after their dreadful service has caused such misery for local residents. He wants local rail services to be managed by Transport for London. You can add your name to Tom’s petition here: http://www.tombrake.co.uk/sack_southern
Tom has set out a comprehensive package of measures to address passengers’ concerns.
Ban companies that breach the terms of their rail services contract from bidding for future franchises for a period of time
- Allow public sector bodies to bid for franchises to provide some real competition to complacent private sector train operators
- Give Transport for London responsibility for London suburban rail services to improve reliability and integration with the Overground, Tube, buses and DLR
And to benefit passengers directly:
- Introduce higher levels of passenger compensation, triggered by shorter delays
- Guarantee that no train fares rise at a rate faster than inflation until train company performance reaches an acceptable level
- Simplify train fares so people have certainty they are paying the lowest price for their journeys
- Introduce more flexible ticketing to reflect new ways of working (part-time working, home-working etc)
- Finally, sack the Transport Secretary. His career has hit the buffers! After all, there is no point to a Transport Secretary who denies all responsibility for rail services.
The political-activism organisation 38 Degrees, with a reported 1.9 million UK members, has endorsed plans for a 1% increase in income tax to help fund our NHS.
Shocking research findings by the School Cuts campaign has established that there are 5,366 fewer teachers and 2,797 fewer teaching assistants compared to last year, while the number of pupils has risen by 136,544.
Tom Brake MP joined other MPs to support Cervical Screening Awareness Week and highlight the potential life-saving benefits of cervical screening, also known as ‘smear tests’.
The Liberal Democrats are calling for the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to consider his position, following the resignation of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) boss Charles Horton over the mismanagement of the new timetable.
Tom Brake MP called for the Transport Secretary to walk the plank during an Urgent Question in the House of Commons yesterday about the ongoing chaos brought on by GTR’s new rail timetable.
Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton and MP Tom Brake have welcomed news that Govia Thameslink has withdrawn its unlawful guidance for dealing with disabled passengers, but warned greater enforcement is needed.
Responding to the Health Committee's report on obesity, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said:
Responding to the news that the Scottish Government has banned single-use coffee cups in their buildings, the Liberal Democrats have called for the UK Government to match the commitment.
Responding to the news that the NHS deficit is double the expected amount, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake, said: