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Anger at London Midland's inflation busting fares increase

November 21, 2008 10:00 PM

Silverlink Train at Northampton StationAndrew Simpson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Northampton North constituency, has demanded that London Midland abandons its plans to impose a 6% increase in the price of regulated fares, season tickets and saver tickets.

The announcement made on 21st November was met with anger by Andrew Simpson who regularly commutes by train to where he works at Milton Keynes.

"Train passengers living in Northampton are being hit for six by London Midland," said Andrew. "At a time when people are struggling with the recession, this train company is adding to people's difficulties and is stinging passengers for more cash.

"These rises could make the recession worse in Northampton and could lead to more congestion and pollution as people abandon public transport for their car instead.

"I am calling on the government to step in and use the power they have over regulated fares to impose a freeze on ticket prices for a year. This could be paid for from within the Government's road-widening budget.

"Just as the Government stepped in to freeze fuel duty for motorists because of the recession, they should change their mind and stop these price increases going ahead.

"Rail passengers will rightly feel that they are being taken for a ride by London Midland. They have every right to feel angry with this price hike and with the Government for letting it happen."

The Government has agreed that the ticket price increases can come into effect on 2nd January 2009.