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Rail commuters can influence election outcome

1 June 2017

Responding to Labour Party rail plans, Campaign for Better Transport said that its analysis showed there were a number of marginal seats with a substantial number of commuters who could make a real difference to the election result. All parties need to offer all these commuters a better deal on rail fares. 

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Our previous analysis before the last election showed very large numbers of seats with sizeable numbers of rail commuters, and this still holds good. For voters in these constituencies, rail travel is a big part of their spending, so what the Government does on rail fares matters. With the average season ticket to London now over £4000, the complexity and cost of season tickets is a huge issue for many voters.

“The 2015 Conservative manifesto included a commitment to stop above inflation fares rises and to introduce flexible tickets for part time workers. This time, none of the party manifestos include any commitments on levels of rail fares. Labour is belatedly rectifying this, but all parties are under pressure to explain how they will make rail travel cheaper and simpler for the army of commuters and part-time workers. 

“In particular, we need rail fares that reflect modern working practices.  A season ticket system based on Monday-Friday is stuck in the past, and we need fairly discounted season tickets for part-time workers introduced as a priority and a fast track for Oyster style Smart Ticketing. This requires Government leadershipwe've waited too long for TOCs to take voluntary action on simplifying train tickets, we've had various 'trials', it's time for the next Government to bring in simpler cheaper multi-modal ticketing.”

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For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or Richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk  

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