Friday, 15 June 2012

GREENS RESPOND TO GOVT CONSULTATION ON RAIL FARES

Kent Green Party is urging the public to comment on the Government’s proposals about rail fares by 28th June. The Party’s own submission to the Government consultation can be seen at www.kentgreenparty.org under Publications, shortly.

Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer of Kent Green Party, explains: “The Department for Transport is conducting a consultation about rail fares and ticketing which ends on 28th June. The consultation details can be seen at http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-09 (2)The importance of this for Kent and Medway is that lower rail fares and better ticketing arrangements would help to increase rail use and cut traffic congestion.

“As Kent’s population and the number of cars and other vehicles continues to grow, traffic congestion, noise and air pollution also rise. One essential step to dealing with this problem is to make rail a cheaper option by cutting rail fares, thus investing in our railways. Another is to invest in more and better carriages to reduce overcrowding and make rail journeys more comfortable and more attractive. This will allow those whose road vehicle journeys are essential to move more freely if the number of vehicles can be reduced.

“Kent Green Party has long advocated that the County Council should adopt a road user hierarchy with pedestrians, cyclists and buses at the top. If this approach were combined with reduced rail fares and better ticketing arrangements such as a cheaper Network Card, we could make road travel easier for essential users.”

Ends c247 words FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer of Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or 079444 71083.

Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe and published by Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. Monthly free ezine KENT GREEN NEWS available for subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org Notes: 1. See full consultation document at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-09 Consultation closes 28th June.

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