The news that rail fares will rise by 2.7% in 2020 is a “further blow” for rail passengers in St Albans, according to Daisy Cooper, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate in the general election.
The increase will leave commuters paying £106.27 more for an annual season ticket to London Terminals, including St Pancras and London Bridge.
“This fare hike is a further blow for rail commuters in St Albans who are already paying over the odds for an often-shoddy service,” said Daisy, who founded the St Albans Commuter and Passenger Action Group in 2018.
“Commuters who regularly face overcrowded, delayed or cancelled trains will be angered to find out they will be shelling out even more on travel next year.
“For too long the Conservatives have neglected our rail infrastructure and allowed commuters to be treated like cash cows.”
Commuter and Passenger Action Group
Daisy set up the St Albans Commuter and Passenger Action Group in response to the botched launch of a new summer timetable by Govia Thameslink. Pressure from the group, which now has 1,600 members, secured extra compensation for non-season ticket holders and influenced a parliamentary inquiry.
Under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, fare increases would be cancelled and commuter rail fares would be frozen for the next five years. This would save season ticket holders from St Albans to London Terminals, including St Pancras and London Bridge, a total of £1,726.40 over the next five years.
The Liberal Democrats would also overhaul ticketing by simplifying the system, creating season tickets for part-time commuters and introducing early-bird fares. The party would ensure that all rail franchises apply delay repay compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more.
Hundreds of pounds in savings
“Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future by freezing rail fares, saving local commuters hundreds of pounds over the next five years,” said Daisy.
“We will also make sure our creaking rail network receives the investment it needs, to improve capacity and reduce overcrowding.”