Harlow MP Robert Halfon urges minister to end annual rail fare increases

News / Sat 18th Aug 2018 at 12:37pm

ON THURSDAY, Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, wrote to Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, urging him to bring an end to the annual rail fare increase.

Fares increase each year in line with the Retail Prices Index (RPI), one method of measuring inflation. In his letter, Robert pointed out that this will increase some Harlow commuters’ travel bills by over £100.

Robert said: “Harlow is home, not only, to so many hard-working families but also huge national and international businesses. The town’s proximity to London means that Harlow residents can commute into the capital every day by train, and those working in Harlow can easily access the town.

The current cost of an annual season ticket from Harlow Town to London is £3,620.00. A return journey already costs more than £20. This is a great investment for anyone to make, especially those raising families and already concerned by the cost of living.

An increase in these travel costs – of over £100 for some – simply cannot be justified”.

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2 Comments for Harlow MP Robert Halfon urges minister to end annual rail fare increases:

Brett Hawksbee
2018-08-20 11:16:23

Harlow already has the most expensive season ticket per mile travelled in the UK ... and probably the whole of Europe. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38497987 The best thing Robert could do for Harlow, is cross the floor.

2018-08-21 07:32:05

Price of travel ? Nothing to do with the £60.000 plus salaries that the rail unions have bullied the rail companies into paying,and the billions paid by the tax payer to keep the whole lot running then ? The best thing for Harlow is for BH to tell the truth, now and again.

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