Are Fares Fair

I spent many hours commuting from Chippenham to London to reach my former workplace. I know from personal experience how costly train fares are and the financial strain that this can put on family incomes. I would like to see fairer train fares.

I was pleased to hear George Osborne announce that he will cut 1% off fare increases. This is welcome news, but I think even more welcome is his announcement that he is scrapping the rule that allows train companies to hike some fares by up to 2% above the average – a rule which has led to steep rises in commuter prices.

The Great Western Main Line that serves Chippenham is the most expensive mile per mile route in the country. I have previously written to rail operator First Great Western (First Great Western letter) to ask them to consider a freeze on fares to bring them more in to line with other fares across the country. The franchise is currently being reviewed so there is a good opportunity to address the high fares.

High ticket prices are the main reason why more people don’t use the railways. If we are to tackle climate change and reduce congestion on our roads we need fairer train fares.

I would like to see:

  • More affordable fares, especially at peak times and “turn-up-and-go” tickets
  • Fairer travel, reliable services that aren’t overcrowded
  • Simpler pricing to make it easier to buy tickets online and at the station

 I think these are important steps for our area? Do you agree? If you do, sign my petition below:

I (undersigned) agree that we should have:

  • More affordable fares, especially at peak times and “turn-up-and-go” tickets
  • Fairer travel, reliable services that aren’t overcrowded
  • Simpler pricing to make it simpler to buy tickets online and at the station on the Great Western Main Line

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