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Southeastern fare rise ‘unacceptable’

16 May 2017

Responding to the news that Southeastern is raising its off peak fares from 21 May, Lianna Etkind, public transport campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"Sneaking through fares hikes without an official announcement is an appallingly highhanded way to treat passengers. It's bad enough that Southeastern passengers have had to put up with years of peak fare rises while wages stagnate, but more back-door fare increases are unacceptable. We're urging passengers to respond to the current South Eastern franchise consultation and tell the Government that enough is enough, and passengers deserve proper value for money on their journeys."

Campaign for Better Transport has developed a Better South Eastern Charter in response to the public consultation launched by the Government. The Charter calls for flexible tickets for part-time commuters, cheaper fares, more train carriages and station upgrades and is signed by Sevenoaks Rail Travellers Association, Tonbridge Line Commuters, Cycling UK, Living Streets, National Pensioners Convention, Rural Services Network, Timewise, Transport for All and Work Wise UK.

Campaign for Better Transport has set up an online form to make it easy for people to respond to the Government consultation with their own rail gripes and priorities and add their voices to the Charter demands. The form is available on its website at www.bettertransport.org.uk/south-eastern


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Read the full Charter here.
  2. The Southeastern consultation closes on 23rd May. Passengers can take part here.
  3. 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).