30 JAN 2015

Greg presses Rail Minister on better value-for-money rail fares

Greg invited the Rail Minister, Claire Perry, to visit Tunbridge Wells and took the opportunity to ask her about providing better value-for-money services for local commuters.

Greg said:

"I wanted to ensure that the Rail Minister fully understood why passengers from Tunbridge Wells feel so strongly about the level of rail fares. The legacy of annual fare increases over 10% in the past – partly to pay for HS1 trains elsewhere in Kent – in an unjust situation which has led to season ticket holders from Tunbridge Wells paying around £1500 more than travellers from Eridge. I want to see this discrepancy corrected.

"Another issue that I raised with her was flexible ticketing for part-time commuters. The technology is easily available. I think it is unfair that the only choice for people working part-time is to either pay for a full time season ticket or suffer the high cost and inconvenience of buying daily tickets.

"The current works at London Bridge are also of great concern to many rail passengers and when asked about possible compensation for the disruption, the Minister told me that she is considering this.

"Furthermore, I thanked her for responding to my calls for the introduction of free Wi-Fi and asked her to ensure local commuters benefit from the promised £48m funding without delay.

"The Minister left Tunbridge Wells in no doubt that rail passengers from our area want to see better value for money and I urged her to do everything that she can to rectify this situation."

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