Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye has opposed the recent announcement that rail prices will increase by 3.2%. Rail industry leaders have said the fares are underpinning a once in a generation investment into rail services.
Amber said: “It is not welcome news that rail prices are scheduled to increase by 3.2%. As a regular user of rail services in our area, I have experienced first-hand the severe delays on the Marshlink line this year. This combined with the change in timetable means that this increase cannot be justified for commuters who currently pay over £7000 for a season ticket.”
“It is not fair that the burden of investment cost should fall upon the passenger who has experienced an unreliable and increasingly expensive service. I have received several complaints from local residents regarding rail services and their value for money which is why I will be writing to the Secretary of State at the Department for Transport with my concerns.”