Harlow Labour Protests against Rail Fare Hikes
Labour activists in Harlow were outside Harlow Town railway station on Monday morning to leaflet and speak to commuters about recent prices hikes. The campaign coincides with the return to work after the Christmas and New Year break for thousands of people who rely on trains to commute from the East of England.
Labour says that the cost of living crisis is hitting hard commuters. Season tickets have rose 20% under the Tory-led government since 2010. A yearly season ticket from Harlow to London Liverpool Street is now £3,064.00
Labour has pledged to cap rail fares after the next election, removing the current flexibility so that people have a clearer idea of what future rises are likely to be and can budget accordingly.
Charlie Cochrane, Chair of Harlow Labour Party, said:
Over the last three years David Cameron has failed to stand up for the working people of Harlow, allowing train companies to hit passengers with inflation-busting fare rises of up to nine per cent. I was a commuter for over 30 years and know how rail fare hikes really hit commuters hard, especially in these tough times."
Suzy Stride, Labour Parliamentary Candidate, said:
David Cameron's cost-of-living crisis continues as fares rise this week by up to 5%, while season tickets have gone up by 20% under this Government, costing hard-working commuters hundreds of pounds.
Labour would put passengers first by enforcing a strict cap on rail fares and we would give commuters a clear legal right to the cheapest ticket. Why should train companies make growing profits whilst our wages stagnate? Rail companies should be there to serve passengers – not the other way round.”