Labour Member Shane Kelly with Councillors Luigi Reale & Sue Oliver at Bedford Station on Monday morning
Hard working commuters in Bedford returned to work this week to be met by yet more unwelcome rail fare hikes. New fares that came into effect on Saturday 2nd January mean that since 2010 the cost of travelling from Bedford to London St Pancras has increased by a whopping 24%.
Figures released by Labour show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Bedford to London St Pancras has risen from £3584 to £4444 since 2010, an increase of £860.
Local Labour councillors have slammed the Tory government for hammering both leisure passengers and commuters.
Councillor Sue Oliver, Leader of Bedford Borough Labour Group said:
“Passengers in Bedford have been hit again and again by eye-watering rail fare rises. Fares have now rocketed by nearly a quarter under the Tories, far outstripping any increase in most people’s pay packets. For many people here, travelling by train isn’t a luxury, it’s how they get to their place of work every day.”
Cllr Luigi Reale, Labour Councillor for Castle Ward, added; “Commuters were told that higher fares would fund investment, but vital projects such as electrification north of Bedford have been delayed for years and passengers are paying ever more to travel on increasingly overcrowded and unreliable trains. Labour’s policy is to bring the railways into public ownership so they can be run for passengers not for profit. Labour successfully established the East Coast mainline as a not for private profit service and returned £1bn to the taxpayer, which proves it can be done. We will continue to campaign for fairer fares, investment in a 21st century railway and giving passengers a stronger voice.”