John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, has expressed alarm at today's news regarding rail fare increases.
Mr Denham said:
"Living costs are rising and hard-working families are finding it hard to make ends meet. For many the daily commute is now their biggest household bill.
"It’s time for the Tory-led Government to do something to help Southampton’s many commuters.
“Those already spending over £4,000 on a season ticket from Southampton Central to London are likely to be hit hard by these increases if they go ahead.
"Quite simply, the Tory-led Government should not be increasing fares using its current formula, which puts fares at 3% above inflation. It is far too high. Train companies should not be allowed to increase ticket prices by any more than one per cent above inflation across all routes.”
Rail fares are set to rise by an average of 6.2% in the New Year. The news has angered many commuters. We gauged reaction.
The South East's commuters face rail fare increases of an average 6.2% in the New Year.
Rail passengers will hear today how much more they'll have to pay from the end of the year. Today passenger groups will protest at Waterloo