The MPs for Eastbourne and Polegate have slammed hikes in rail fares, due to come into force next year.
Earlier this week it was confirmed that ticket prices will rise by 1.9% from January 2017.
Caroline Ansell, who represents Eastbourne said, “Insult to injury. I don’t believe that there should be any increase at all given the current level of service experienced by passengers. I have written to the Minister to that effect, calling for a freeze. Then I want to see more on compensation.”
Meanwhile, Polegate MP Maria Caulfield said, “I am very disappointed in the announcement of a rail increase. Passengers of Southern should be given a refund not an increase and while some passengers may have had a pay rise, some of my constituents have lost their jobs thanks to Southern rail. This announcement very much feels like a kick in the teeth for my constituents.”
Their comments follow a statement released by the Rail Minister, Paul Maynard who said, “We are obviously well aware of the pressures on some parts of the network, and of course we continue to work with the industry to ensure it does its best to respond to difficulties when they arise. Wages are rising faster than fares thanks to action by the Government and our commitment to cap regulated rail fares in line with inflation will save annual season ticket holders £425 on average in the five years to 2020.
“Passengers want a service they can rely on and we are investing record amounts in our railways delivering the biggest rail modernisation programme for over a century, providing more seats, more services, Wi-Fi and air conditioning.”