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MP condemns rail fare rise: “Passengers deserve a reduction”

PUBLISHED: 17:02 19 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:02 19 August 2015

Teresa Pearce

Teresa Pearce

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Erith and Thamesmead MP says fares have risen by a third since 2010

RAIL passengers are to suffer yet another increase in fares in January – despite the excruciating disruption they have endured at London Bridge and on the network as a whole.

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce has roundly condemned the announcement. Passengers in the constituency have seen fares increase by up to a third since 2010.

An annual season ticket from Abbey Wood to central London has risen by £329 in that time - and fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages.

“Passenger satisfaction has declined since 2010, and commuters are paying more and more each year to travel on increasingly overcrowded and unreliable trains,” Ms Pearce said.

“For many commuters it is getting more and more difficult to make ends meet, with falling wages in real terms unable to match a rising cost of living.

“It is wrong to raise fares again when they have risen so dramatically in recent years, and while the train service has not improved.

“Given the disruption to journeys caused by the long-term work at London Bridge, commuters deserve a fare reduction – not an increase.”

The rises will come into effect on January 2.

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