Costs could go up by as much as three per cent above the retail price index (RPI), which is currently 5.3 per cent, meaning annual season tickets from eastern parts of the county into London may rise by around £350 to £4,230. Pricing regulations allow the company flexibility to increase prices by up to five per cent, as long as the overall average across the area does not go above RPI plus three per cent.
Tunde Olatunji, Kent manager for Passenger Focus, an independent watchdog for rail users, said passengers are right to feel cheated.
This blog waits with anticipation the statement by the 'independent' pressure group Medway Fair's Fare. It is time that the government renegotiated the terms of the franchise agreement - this should now be a local priority for Kent Conservative MPs who need to now put there words into actions.
A major concern of this Group, despite its self-defined status as a 'non-political pressure group' was that it was anything but. Indeed, very relevant to the campaign of train fare's was its leader that:
" Don’t Let Them Get Away With It!
Whilst this incompetent government have seen fit to throw BILLIONS of pounds of our money at failing banks, allowing people like Sir Fred Godwin to walk away from the mess with gold-plated pensions in the process, we now think it’s time the government started subsiding it’s most important commodity – you and me!!!
After all, it’s our taxes Labour are using to subsidise their friends in big business through the recession – car manufacturers, property developers, arms manufacturers – so don’t you think it’s about time we started getting something back for all our hard work???"
It is hoped that perhaps, now we have a change in government, this campaign wont hit the buffers, just because of the 'relevant' beliefs of key protagonists.
Very real achievements to reduce fare's can now be achieved if the campaign keeps on track and pressure is kept on those who promised to act.
This blog suspects that ownership of this campaign will quietly change hands or indeed come off the rails into the google cache!