The Liberal Democrats have announced they will freeze rail fare increases for Welwyn Hatfield commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, while fixing the broken fares and ticketing system.
A Liberal Democrat government would cancel the 2.8% rail fare increase planned for January 2020 and freeze Welwyn Hatfield commuter fares and season tickets for the entirety of the next five years.
These proposals would save season ticket holders from Welwyn Garden City to London £1.331.74 over the next five years. This policy is expected to cost approximately £1.6 billion.
The Liberal Democrats would also overhaul ticketing by simplifying the system, looking to create season tickets for part-time commuters and introducing early-bird fares. The party would ensure that all rail franchises apply delay repay compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Welwyn Hatfield Paul Zukowskyj said:
“Under the Tories and Grant Shapps as Transport Secretary, Welwyn Hatfield commuters have been catastrophically let down. Passengers are paying way over the odds for what has often been an appalling service with no chance of a seat. Fares are set to rise again by an extra £84 a year from the start of 2020.
“The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future by freezing fares from Welwyn Hatfield to London for the next five years, saving local commuters hundreds of pounds. We will properly invest in fixing our creaking rail network to improve capacity and reduce overcrowding, so Welwyn Hatfield commuters are no longer treated like cattle.
“But this is about more than just providing more funding. We will also 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.”