News — 16 August 2012
Members of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party are writing to local MPs Mike Weatherley and Simon Kirby to demand action on train fare rises.
Dear Mike Weatherley MP and Simon Kirby MP
The recent announcement on rail fare increases means that the cost of an annual season ticket from Brighton and Hove to London will increase by around £200, at a time when the cost of living has risen significantly and budgets are squeezed.
Those who commute usually have little choice about buying a season ticket. Already, many find the high cost of train travel makes living in Brighton and Hove financially unfeasible. One of Brighton and Hove’s attractions is its fast rail link with London. Losing commuters would hurt the city’s economy and jeopardise its future.
The massive hike in rail fares will discourage train use and result in more people using their cars. To reduce our impact on the environment we should be encouraging public transport, not allowing fares to rise by so they are only affordable by a small minority.
In January, Labour proposed a motion in parliament calling for a cap on train fare rises of 1% above the level of inflation. You voted against that motion. We are asking you to reconsider your view in the light of the price rises recently announced, and support this policy on behalf of the city’s train users.
Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party
You can add your name to our petition here: