Peterborough’s MP Stewart Jackson piling on the pressure over plans to increase rail fares by around 6.2 per cent next year.
The city’s MP has written to the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, to voice his concerns about the proposals.
Stewart previously wrote to the former Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP making his views clear.
Mr Jackson was previously reassured that Ministers have announced reforms to tackle the high underlying costs of our railways and use the savings to help fare payers and tax payers. The industry will work to reduce the £3.5 billion of inefficiencies by 2019. The savings will reduce and then abolish above-inflation rises in average regulated fares.
Stewart Jackson said:
“Commuters and all rail users in Peterborough are still very concerned about the ludicrous level of increases at a time of economic turmoil.
“Putting railway finances on a sustainable footing is essential if we are to be fair to tax payers and passengers and deliver the improvements necessary for the rail network.”
“I have written again to the Minister, as I still have concerns. I want to make the case that any raises should be at the rate of inflation plus one per cent instead of plus three per cent.”
“The government needs to look at ways of finding money to alleviate these rises and it’s also up to the train companies to behave responsibly.”