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Richmond passengers to help fight for lower train fares

4 March 2010
Morning commuters at Richmond station will be asked to sign up for cheaper fares Monday 8 March [1]. Campaigners wearing giant train tickets will talk to passengers and give out campaign postcards.

Susan Kramer, MP for Richmond Park, is one of many MPs from all three main parties who have already signed up to the campaign’s call for a review of rail fares [2]. Campaign for Better Transport is calling on the other parliamentary candidates in Richmond to do the same.

Cat Hobbs, the group’s public transport campaigner, said: “Passengers in Richmond know that train fares are far too high [3,4,5]. If politicians want to reduce traffic and cut carbon emissions, they need to make the green option the easy option.”

Notes to editors:
[1] Campaign for Better Transport will be outside Richmond station from 7.30 – 9.30am on Monday 8 March.
[2] MPs call for a review of rail fares
[3] Train fares have risen by 13% in real terms since 1997. (Hansard, 5 Feb 2010 : Column 534W.)  
[4] Only 45% of passengers are satisfied with the value for money of their rail ticket. (Passenger Focus, National Passenger Survey, Autumn 2009.)
[5] High fares are passengers’ top priority for improvement. (Passenger Focus, Passengers’ priorities for improvements in rail services, July 2007.)