Sunday, 30 November 2008

RAIL FARE HIKES NEED A RESPONSE

KENT GREEN PARTY NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

30th November 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org.uk
01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 07944 71083

RAIL FARE HIKES NEED A RESPONSE

Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party and a rail commuter, is suggesting a response to the well-above inflation rail fare increases about to hit commuters. She suggests all rail commuters write one letter a month complaining about rail fares to their MP. The intention is to make rail fares a major issue for Kent’s MPs. She comments:

“Rail fare increases of over 10% in some cases, and over 7% for everyone, are even worse than those we were threatened with two years ago. Over the last ten years, bus and rail fares have risen by about 37% in real terms. This compares with the cost of car use remaining roughly the same in real terms. If the Government is serious about reducing traffic congestion and air pollution and dealing with climate change, it has to ensure adequate investment in railways. This includes keeping fares down to encourage use of the railways rather than cars. I suggest that if every rail commuter writes a letter a month to their MP, we can make excessive rail fares into a major issue – forcing the Government to respond with increased investments.

“We all know that the Government is making unwise investments in banks, in ID cards no one wants, in quangos and in overseas defence commitments. There is plenty of money available for investment, including in the full electrification of our railways so that we reduce fossil fuel energy use in this sector. It is a matter of political will, not a lack of resources.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or mobile 079444 71083. Dr Dawe has been commuting into London to work for the last ten years.

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