Saturday, 5 January 2013

THE RAIL FARES SCANDAL

Kent Green Party condemns the rail fare rises just being implemented. Steve Dawe, Press Officer of Kent Green Party and Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, comment:
Natalie said:
“Households already struggling with fast-rising rents, food prices and energy costs are going to suffer a new blow. Many households that consider themselves middle class, who only a few years ago were comfortably off, are now struggling, finding themselves able to make ends meet only by extreme economies ranging from skipping meals to unhealthily cutting heating. Many others have already been priced off the rails, forced into convoluted, long bus journeys or into their cars when they’d rather not be, adding to congestion on our roads and increasing our greenhouse gas emissions.”
Steve adds:
Here are some sample rail fare increases for Kent commuters:
“ROUTE                  DEC 2012                JAN 2013                % RISE
Ramsgate-London                 £4,640          £4,864          4.82%
Folkestone-London               £4,612          £4,836          4.85%
Sevenoaks-London                £2,980          £3,112          4.43%
Canterbury-London               £4,588          £4,812          4.80%
Deal-London                     £4,640          £4,864          4.82%
Dover Priory-London             £4,640          £4,864          4.82%
West Malling-London     £3,712          £3,876          4.42%
Tunbridge Wells-London  £3,968          £4,132          4.13%(1)

“In 2011, the complete social and environmental costs of car travel were about £56 billion(2), making the current subsidy to private motorists in the UK about £24 billion a year after taxes. But from 2001-2011, rail fares increased 62% in real terms and bus fares by 69%, whilst revenue from motoring taxes has actually decreased during the last ten years. So it isn’t motorists who are hard done by, it is rail and bus users.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
Notes:
1.      http://mediapoint.press.net/article.jsp?id=8895223 Please note from this item: “This is a table of rail fare rises, comparing the price of a 12-month season ticket bought in December with one bought from January 2. The table does NOT include the price paid if within-London travelcards are also purchased for Tube and bus journeys in the capital. Where London is mentioned, this means travel to London terminal stations where travel is allowed by any route option shown by the National Rail Enquiry system Journey Planner where the journey can be made using only one ticket.
2.      p3 Institute for Public Policy Research  The War on Motoring: myth and reality: http://www.ippr.org/publication/55/9542/the-war-on-motorists-myth-or-reality This must include road spending and the costs of A&E and policing, as well as the health costs of air pollution which kills about 29,000 people a year in the UK. SEE: Air Pollution: the invisible killer www.keithtaylormep.org.uk

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