Friday, 30 December 2011

THE GREAT RAIL DISASTER FOR KENT AND MEDWAY

Kent Green Party is appalled by the 6% increase in rail fares. Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party, explains why:

“Kent already has higher rail fares any other part of the UK which has the highest rail fares of any country in the world. As traffic congestion and air pollution increase throughout Kent and Medway, our Coalition Government has taken the bewildering step of penalising Kent once again through rail fares. This is no new year gift to the half of all households already experiencing declining incomes (1).

“Kent Green Party has repeatedly indicated that Kent-wide transport policies do not meet the needs of people in Kent and Medway. Healthy transport options like walking and cycling, less pollution and less traffic are needed and have never been adequately funded in Kent(2). Quality of rail services in Kent leave much to be desired(3). If the Government continues with its policies against rail commuters, rail fares will be 24% higher by the next general election (4). Why does the Government behave as if it didn’t want people in Kent and Medway to commute to work?

“Investment in lower rail fares is essential or people are going to be priced out of their jobs by the combination of increasing rail fares, higher food and energy bills and declining household incomes to support these burdens.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party, on 0797 0436 029. Contact address as above. Published by Kent Green Party and promoted by H.Dawe both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, Kent Green Party’s free monthly ezine, is available from www.kentgreenparty.org

Notes:

1. 1. Source: Institute of Fiscal Studies.

2. 2. Kent Green Party has strongly criticised transport policies offered by Kent County Council, which contribute to making air pollution, noise and greenhouse gas emissions increasing problems in Kent and Medway. See our submissions and publications under Publications at www.kentgreenparty.org.uk

3. 3. SEE: Alliance of Kent Commuters: http://www.eastmalling.info/?page_id=18

4. 4. Stuart Jeffery has already been involved personally in campaigning against fare rises by collecting signatures at Maidstone and Sittingbourne rail stations. SEE also: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/20-dec-atoc-fares-announcement

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