The Liberal Democrats have announced bold plans to freeze rail fares for commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, and fix the broken ticketing system.
Richard Benwell, candidate for Wantage constituency said today:
"These proposals will save season ticket holders going from Didcot Parkway to London thousands of pounds over the next five years. Commuters all over the country have been completely let down, with delays, overcrowding and price hikes. The Liberal Democrats think people deserve better. We are determined to improve public transport and help people afford sustainable travel as a central part of our plan to beat climate change."
A Liberal Democrat government would cancel the 2.8% rail fare increase planned for December 2019 and freeze commuter fares and season tickets for the entirety of the next five years.
The Liberal Democrats would
- simplify the ticketing system, create season tickets for part-time commuters and introduce early-bird fares
- ensure that all rail franchises apply delay repay compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more
- strip rail companies of franchises if they don’t meet the standards expected of them, and develop new transport mutual companies to foster alternative competition.
Photo Credit: A Great Western Railway service from Swansea to London arrives at Didcot Parkway, by Geof Sheppard - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67040914