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Nick slams Southeastern’s inflation-busting fares increase

November 24, 2008

hastings-trainLiberal Democrats in Hastings & Rye have demanded that Southeastern abandons its plans to impose an 8% increase in the price of regulated fares, season tickets and saver tickets. This is the highest rise in the country.

Amazingly, the increase in ticket prices that are not regulated by the government is to be less than this, at 6%.

The announcement of the inflation-busting fares hike on 21st November was met with an angry response by Nick Perry, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye.

“Train passengers living in our constituency are being hit hard by Southeastern,” said Nick.

“At a time when people are struggling with the recession, this train company is adding to people’s difficulties and is stinging passengers for more cash.

“These rises could make the recession bite harder in Hastings & Rye and could lead to more congestion and pollution as people abandon public transport for their car instead.

“I am calling on the government to step in and use the power they have over regulated fares to impose a freeze on ticket prices for a year. This could be paid for from within the Government’s road-widening budget.

“Just as the Government stepped in to freeze fuel duty for motorists because of the recession, they should change their mind and stop these price increases going ahead.

“Rail passengers will rightly feel that they are being taken for a ride by Southeastern. They have every right to feel angry with this price hike and with the Labour Government for letting it happen.”

The Government has agreed that the ticket price increases can come into effect on 2nd January 2009.

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