LABOUR’S parliamentary spokeswoman for Thurrock is urging commuters to buy their season tickets a few days early to save money on the fare hikes that will come in next week.
Polly Billington says: “These fare rises are really going to put pressure on people’s wallets. The Tory-led government’s decision to do this shows they are out of touch with the cost of living crisis facing commuters in Thurrock.
“Some of the most hard-pressed working people will end up paying more than a hundred pounds extra next year just to get to work when the fares go up in January. That is not the way to get the economy moving.
“These fare rises are the direct consequence of the government’s decision to cut too far and too fast, and travellers are paying more to plug the gap in the transport budget. With train fares set to rise four times faster than wages in the next year, Ministers should think again and give commuters a break.
“It’s worth people remembering that their local Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price supports these price rises which make life harder for her own constituents.
“I will be campaigning with Labour Party members and others for a fairer deal for train users.
“In the meantime there is a way to save a bit of money; if you can, get your season ticket early and pay for it at 20011 prices up to 1st January.
“It will save the difference between this year’s prices and next year’s. As a Grays resident and regular commuter I will be making any saving I can in the face of these horrendous fare hikes and I urge other commuters to do the same.”
For a monthly season ticket from Grays to London that means a saving of over £10. For an annual season ticket from Grays to London that means a saving of as much as £112.