Monday, 12 January 2015

Rail fare rises letter

Letter to the Whitstable Gazette:

Dear Editor,

Hugh Lanning is right to point out the impact of the latest round of increases to rail fares (WG 8th Jan), but fails to highlight either the core problem or a strong solution.

The privatisation of our railways was supposed to bring external investment and efficiency yet all it has brought is private profit and soaring fares. No one wants a return to the darkest days of British Rail, an organisation that was unsupported and failed by government, but there is an urgent need for radical change.

The Green Party is the only party to be calling for public transport to be brought back into the public sector, but with real investment and support. The government has earmarked £15bn for new roads to be built - we believe this money should be invested in public transport instead.

The immediate benefit would be to see fares reduce by 10% while the knock on impact of direct and real investment in public transport could make our services as efficient and as cheap as those in neighbouring countries.

Stuart Jeffery
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Canterbury and Whitstable

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