Fares rise ‘adds insult to injury to beleaguered commuters’

In response to the Government’s announcement that rail fares will increase by 3.2%, Labour’s London Assembly Spokesperson for Transport, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“This rise adds insult to injury to beleaguered commuters who have suffered the chaos of timetable changes and continuous delays and cancellations.

“As more Londoners are left to struggle with the burgeoning costs of living, it is unjustifiable that they should be expected to pay more when a number of services require drastic and urgent improvement.

“The Mayor of London has acted swiftly to freeze fares that fall under his control. With fares surging by almost a third over the last nine years, it is high-time that the Government follows his lead and implements a freeze on rail fares.

“In addition to this, we need to see more services devolved and placed with TfL”.

ENDS

Notes to editors

-The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has frozen fares that fall under his control until 2020;

Analysis conducted by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), has shown that rail fares have increased by 32% over the last nine years;

-Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.