Protest at Bracknell station after fares rise by 78 per cent in 10 yearsBy Becky Barnes
March 22, 2013
Bracknell commuters protested against higher than inflation train fares, which have soared in the last 10 years.
Members of the Fare Fail coalition gave out postcards earlier this month telling passengers an annual season ticket between Bracknell and London had risen by 78 per cent since 2003, and now stands at £3,960.
George Woods, community organiser of national campaign Fare Fail, said: “We wanted to bring to people’s attention the cost of travelling between Bracknell and London has risen faster than pretty much anywhere else.
“Only fares from Ashford International, Sevenoaks and Canterbury have risen faster across the country.”
Protesters, who commute from the town’s station, also wanted to inform people MP Dr Phillip Lee voted against a motion in Parliament opposing the fares rises on January 9.
The Labour Party put forward a House of Commons motion, which called on the Government ‘to ban train operators from increasing fares beyond strict limits and to rule out the proposed introduction of a new category of super peak ticket which would increase the burden on hard-pressed commuters’.
George said: “Train fares are too high and Dr Lee is wrong to have voted for them.
“We think it is a big squeeze on people’s living, especially when people are finding it hard to get by.
“We want people to know their MP is standing by and watching this happen.”
While at the station the group met college students who said fares were too high and it cost them £50 a month to get to college.
George added: “We want people in Bracknell to know there are other people who feel the same way as they do and who care.
“It can be a complete drain on a family budget – a lot of people don’t know the facts but just feel the fares creeping up.”
A spokeswoman for Dr Lee said he was unable to comment as he was abroad on parliamentary business with the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.
To join the campaign for lower fares visit www.farefail.org.