Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Are Fares Fair?

Yesterday, I quizzed the Transport Minister on the local service we get from South West Trains. I highlighted poor customer satisfaction ratings and overcrowding, against rising fares and the enormous subsidy local commuters pay for investment on other lines.

I have to say I didn't find the answers especially convincing. I think we get a lousy deal under the arrangements inherited from the last government and it raises fundamental questions about the franchising framework which will be subject to government review soon. I will continue to press the case for a fairer deal and better value for money for users of our local train services.

You can read the record of the debate, and my exchanges with the Transport Minister, here - or watch the debate on the BBC here.


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