Long-suffering rail commuters returning to work at the New Year face an unreliable service and increased ticket prices. Rail fares have gone up by an astonishing 27 percent since the Tories came to power, rising three times faster than wages.
At the same time local commuters face daily chaos on our trains – with cancellations, overcrowding and delays now routine. It is clear we need a new approach which will keep fares down and improve reliability by bringing the railways back into public ownership, putting passengers before private profit.
In January, the Secretary of State for Transport promised the then Mayor of London that Southeastern’s rail services would transfer to Transport for London when the franchise came up for renewal. However, we now know that the minister wrote to Boris Johnson in 2013 saying he would not allow this to go ahead “because I would like to keep suburban rail services out of the clutches of any future Labour mayor”.
It is time we said ‘enough is enough’ and demand that the Tories keep their promise to allow TfL to take responsibility for our trains - Enter your details below to support this campaign.