Call To Keep 2015 Rail Fare Rises Within Inflation

Michael has written to the CEO of Southeastern Rail, Charles Horton, calling on the rail company to ensure their 2015 fare rises are within inflation. In 2014 the government reduced average fare rises to inflation for the first time in a decade, saving more than a quarter of a million annual season ticket holders an average of £25 each.

Michael said: “Many commuters regularly contact my office or visit me at my advice surgeries to discuss their concerns about rail fares. Whilst they appreciate the help from the Government to reduce fares rises to inflation they also point out the role which rail companies must also play. Rail operators do not have to apply the maximum increase but can offset this through greater efficiency.  That is why today I have written to the CEO of Southeastern rail to ask him to reassure me and my constituents that any rail fare increases will be within inflation.”

Sevenoaks MP Welcomes The Government’s Rail Fares Cap

Michael  has welcomed the Government’s announcement that will see train operators’ ability to increase fares capped at two per cent.

Backing the cap, Mr. Fallon said:

“Travel costs are one of the biggest outgoings for hardworking families in Sevenoaks and Swanley.  This government is introducing a series of measures to help families with the everyday cost of living.  We’ve already frozen fuel duty and council tax.

“The two per cent cap will keep down fare increases and help prevent the large rises commuters have seen in the past”.