In the last five years the price of a season ticket between Reading and London Paddington has soared 24%. Reading's commuters deserve better than this, thats why Reading and District Labour Party has launched the Fair Deal For Rail Passengers campaign.
Matt Rodda, Labour Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Reading East, is campaigning for a fairer system for commuters and is concerned that the average cost of a season ticket between Reading and London Paddington (without underground) now costs £4,188. He is calling on the government:
- To tackle the rising costs of rail fares by abolishing the loophole known as flex which has pushed the price of season tickets up.
- To cap annual fare rises on every route, for a simplification of fare structures so that passengers know exactly how much they will need to pay.
- To create a new legal right for passengers to access the cheapest ticket for their journey.
- To create a more integrated rail network by bringing together Network Rail with a new passenger rail body to co-ordinate services, oversee stations and ticketing and to ensure customer satisfaction is high across the network.
You can join the campaign by signing Labour's Fair Deal For Rail Passengers petition here.