RAIL fares are being raised across the borough this week at a level well above the rate of inflation, hitting commuters hard states Thurrock Labour.
As season ticket prices increase by an average of 5.8% across the country, in Thurrock an annual season ticket from Tilbury, Grays, Chafford Hundred and Ockendon now costs £1920 and costs over £2300 from Stanford-le-Hope and East Tilbury.
Rail fare increases are expected to get even higher as the Coalition government plans to scrap Labour’s legislation that limited many fare increases to rate of inflation plus 1%. From January 2012, line operators will be able to increase fares at the rate of inflation plus 3%.
Labour’s council candidate for Stanford West Gemma Robbins said, “As someone who regularly travels into London for work, I know what a big difference this will make to me and the hundreds of others who commute from Stanford-le-Hope.
“People should be aware that Cameron and Clegg’s cuts are affecting everyone”
Carl Morris, Labour’s Parliamentary Spokesperson said, “This is just another example of the government making it harder for working people. Many in Thurrock rely on rail links with London and this increase in fares will leave them out of pocket”