16 August 2010: Cries of outrage at the Government’s refusal to rule out 8% train fare rises went out across the airwaves today, and I joined passengers in expressing my disappointment.
This week marks the first test of the Coalition Government’s commitment to fair rail fares, and Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond’s comments ahead of tomorrow’s announcement of the Retail Price Index inflation figure for July (which is used to set fares come January) don’t bode well for passengers or for the environment.
We’re already facing the prospect of even more crowded trains and reduced services due to possible spending cuts, and now we could have to pay even more for a worse service. We need to encourage more people to take the train, not set prices that put rail travel out of reach.
We are working to hold the Liberal Democrats to their pre-election commitment to cut train fares, and we need your help.
If you think 8% fare rises aren’t fair, do something! Write to Lib Dem Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and ask him to keep his party’s promise [note: action now closed]. Mr Alexander is playing a leading role in the Government’s spending review, and he has a real opportunity to stand up for passengers - let's make sure he does.