Rail Fares Up; Service Still Down

Thameslink service passing through Hatfield

News that rail fares will rise by 3% at local stations is massive blow to passengers, and also to the reputation of MP Grant Shapps who vowed to stop the rise. "Even a government without a majority feels able to snub the MP and other more vocal Herts MPs who wrote together to oppose any rise" says local LibDem council group leader Malcolm Cowan, who is also chair of the WGC rail user group. "The Department for Transport set the fares for rail operator Govia. Chris Grayling, as Transport Minister must have signed off these ludicrous fare rises. If Grant is serious, he must demand Grayling's resignation."

"The new rail timetable to operate from 9 December continues to provide a sub-standard service far worse than before the so-called upgrade in May that had to be withdrawn after the chaos of cancellations. So we are being made to pay more for less. LibDems demand better."

At Tuesday's Full Council meeting at of Herts County Council, Nigel Quinton, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Handside and Peartree, put the Leader of the Council on the spot over the continued failure of the rail companies to respond to representations from the Council and from Rail User Groups. According to Nigel "The County Council seem oblivious to the appalling lack of response on our line and the continued inadequacy of the service – LibDems demand better and I was pleased to note that the Leader undertook to look again at what they could do to bring pressure to bear on GTR. It was very notable that lots of reference was made to an MP towards the west of the County, where services are much better, and none at all to our absentee MP Grant Shapps."

Malcolm is also looking for rail users to work with him and other travellers to build the case for a rewrite of the timetable that more closely meets our needs. Please use our Feedback Form to get in touch.

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