Campaign for Better Transport welcomed planned improvements to services on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise but called for an end to above-inflation fare rises.
Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Passengers who currently use Thameslink trains will feel they are being unfairly singled out by Government for higher fares. The franchising process was introduced to encourage competition to ensure passengers would receive the best train service whilst keeping fares affordable. If huge fare increases are being implemented through the back door on top of already high fares, then passengers will ask whether they're really getting value for money. We need an end to above inflation fares rises and a commitment to getting fares down in the future."
For further information please contact Chloë Darlington at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).
2. Department for Transport announces improvements as part of new rail franchise: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-rail-franchise-to-transform-londons-busiest-routes.