Swanley & District Labour Party has been campaigning at Swanley Railway Station for a vastly improved public railway system that only a Labour Government can bring.
Commuters gave Labour Party members and supporters a warm reception and love the Labour Manifesto. Commuters know better than anyone that we need a public railway system for the benefit of the many, not the profit of a few.
Labour has pledged to save the average rail commuter more than £200 a year by forcing companies to limit fare increases on season tickets.
A Labour government would restrict the amount train operators could raise ticket prices by linking any change in fares to a lower measure of inflation than the one currently used.
Labour wants to cap fares at the consumer price index (CPI), a measure of inflation.
Labour has pledged to take the rail companies back into public ownership.
However, this will happen over a period of time, as the individual franchises expire. Labour would aim to introduce further caps or reductions over time as more companies became publicly owned.
Since 2010, regulated rail fares as a whole had risen by just over 27%, meaning the average cost of a season ticket had risen by almost £600.
Jeremy Corbyn, said:
Under the Conservatives, rail fares have sky-rocketed and tickets are some of the most expensive in Europe. Labour will take Britain’s railways back into public control and put more money into people’s pockets by capping fares. This will save commuters £1,014 on their rail season tickets over the next parliament, as part of our plan to promote services for the many, not the few.”
The 2017 Tory manifesto has failed to make any commitment to keeping rail fares frozen in real terms, meaning rail fares are likely to rise above inflation if the Conservatives win the general election,” he said.
Rail passengers £1,000 better off under Labour
The next Labour Government will put rail passengers first by putting the brakes on rapidly increasing rail fares and saving commuters £1,014 on their season tickets.
With a Labour Government, passengers will on average save £1,014 on their rail season tickets over the next parliament, compared to the potential cost under a Tory Government.
Since 2010, regulated rail fares have risen by 27.1 per cent, increasing the average cost of a season ticket by £594.
The 2015 Conservative manifesto included a commitment to keeping rail fares frozen in real terms. However, regulated fares were capped at the Retail Price Index (RPI), which consistently over-estimates inflation, rather than the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Labour will cap regulated fair rises at the Consumer Price Index (CPI), using the money saved through bringing rail franchises back into public ownership. As more services come into public ownership, greater amounts of savings become available, and Labour will aim to introduce further fare caps or reductions.
Only a Labour government will promote services for the many, not the few.