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Mayor of London against rail network fares increase

Staff Writer |
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit out at Government plans to increase fares on London’s suburban rail network by around 3.5 percent next January, stating that hiking rail fares in the current climate would be woefully out of touch.

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The decision to increase rail fares is expected to be confirmed by the Government next month based on the July figure for RPI inflation.

With people’s wages not keeping up with the rate of inflation, the Mayor is calling on the Government and train operating companies to urgently rethink their plans and freeze fares on all suburban rail routes in London from this January – matching TfL’s fares freeze and preventing an unjustifiable further squeeze on commuters’ household budgets.

If fares are increased by 3.5 percent in line with latest RPI figure for June, rail commuters in Zones 1-6 areas such as Kingston and Surbiton will see the cost of their annual travel increase from £2,408 to £2,492 – an increase of £84, or the equivalent of £7 a month.

Annual travel in zones 1-4 will increase by £66, or the equivalent of £5.50 a month.

This increase will come after commuters have faced a year of delays, overcrowding and cancellations across London’s suburban rail network.

The Mayor is also raising the issue of upcoming works at Waterloo Station this August.

As part of the £800million package of improvements at Waterloo, 10 platforms will be closed for building work between 5-28 August, with rail timetables severely limited, and stations like Earlsfield (during morning and evening peak times), Norbiton and Queenstown Road closed to commuters.

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