Florence Eshalomi: Rail fare reform proposals need to go further

In response to the publication of the Rail Delivery Group’sproposals for rail fare reform, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“If implemented, these proposals could deliver much-needed flexibility for London’s rail commuters and bring a currently antiquated ticketing system fully into the digital age.

“The recommendations also add to the growing chorus of calls for increased regional devolution of rail fares, so they can be set at fairer rates.

“It is simply unacceptable that beleaguered commuters have been made to endure continuous delays and cancellations to rail services, despite having to suffer rising fares.

“This is why we need the Government to go even further than these proposals, follow the Mayor of London’s lead and freeze all rail fares. In addition to this, it is vital that more suburban routes in the capital are devolved and placed in the hands of TfL to increase the quality and reliability of services”.