Steve backs hard-pressed commuters in Parliamentary debate

The motion, moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle MP and debated on Wednesday, called on the Government to ban train operators from increasing fares beyond strict limits, specifically, a pre-determined cap.


The motion also called on the Government to rule out introducing a ‘super peak’ fare in which commuters will be charged even higher fares during commuting hours than at present.


During the debate, Steve took the opportunity to raise the poor performance of London Midland and recent ticket office closures in his constituency; following a recent exchange of correspondence with the company and the Department of Transport over its plans to cut ticket office opening hours by 93 hours a week across Bournville, Kings Norton and Selly Oak stations.


The motion was defeated by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.


Steve said:


“Commuters returning to work after Christmas faced a massive increase in the cost of season tickets; with some fares rising by as much as 9.2%.


“In a year in which we’ll see the economy continue to stall, inflation rise and the cost of living increase; we need the Government to stand up for hard-working commuters and set a strict cap on the amount train operators can charge.


“We need to help those who are struggling with the cost of living in this country, and capping rail fares is one way of doing so.”

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