Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Rail fare rise a kick in the teeth for commuters

by willforster on 5 January, 2018

Woking’s commuters have not had a great start to the New Year thanks to the biggest increase in train fares in the last five years.

UK rail fares rose by 3.4% in January, the largest increase for five years, due to rising inflation since the Brexit vote.  The cost of annual season tickets from Woking to London Waterloo has now risen to £3,248 – a £112 increase.

Commuters waiting in the cold on the platform in January deserve better than paying through the nose for unreliable, overcrowded trains.  It really is a kick in the teeth for those who hand over a great deal of their hard-earned cash each year to get on a train, which is often running late, dirty and overcrowded.

Hard-pressed commuters in Woking are being stung with Brexit rail fare hikes as a result of soaring inflation.  Rail passengers in Britain should not have to pay the price for Government incompetence in Brussels – the Government should have frozen fares to help people struggling with rising costs and lower wages.

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