The Government are pressing ahead with plans to increase rail fares this coming January, showing a complete disregard for the experiences of passengers.
Northern passengers have been through a year of chaos. Engineering works, mass cancellations, short formed services, strikes, driver shortages, timetable issues, leaves on the line, compensation schemes that don’t work, and poor information and communication are just some of the issues that have impacted commuters.
Nobody can deny that the train service across this last year has been appalling.
It’s not like the issues have been resolved either, even this week people at Hall i’th’ Wood station have no idea which trains are actually going to stop and which are going to roll right past them.
To suggest that people should pay more for the service after this year of chaos is insulting.
I have sponsored a motion in Parliament to call on the Government to cancel January’s 3% fare rise and freeze fares. You can see the motion and the MPs who have backed it so far here: https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1876
Ministers still have time to intervene and freeze fares for next year, it’s time they put passengers first.