The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit out at Government plans to increase fares on London’s suburban rail network by around 3.5 per cent next January, stating that hiking rail fares in the current climate would be ‘woefully out of touch’.
The decision to increase rail fares is expected to be confirmed by the Government next month based on the July figure for RPI inflation.
The Mayor is calling on the Government and train operating companies to urgently rethink their plans and freeze fares on all suburban rail routes in London from this January – matching TfL’s fares freeze and preventing what he describes as “an unjustifiable further squeeze on commuters’ household budgets”.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “With people’s pay not keeping up with inflation, it would be woefully out of touch for the Government to allow underperforming private rail companies to hike up their fares again. I’m calling on the Government to match my TfL fares freeze and prevent another squeeze on household budgets in the new year. Passengers on London’s suburban rail routes pay thousands of pounds for tickets every year, but have faced repeated delays, overcrowding and cancellations.”
“The Government and the Private Rail companies desperately need to show that they’re on the side of passengers. Announcing another hike in rail fares next month would be completely unjustifiable, and the Government must think again.”
Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, said: “Living in outer London is getting more and more expensive, so yet another fare increase, particularly for rail passengers, is the last thing people here need. The Government must address the cost-of-living crisis and freezing rail fares would be an excellent start.”