Rail commuters meet with Shadow Minister

Patrick Hall with Penny Fletcher and Lilian Greenwood at Bedford rail station.

Patrick Hall with Penny Fletcher and Lilian Greenwood at Bedford rail station.

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The Shadow Minister for Transport paid a visit to Bedford to meet rail commuters.

Labour’s Lillian Greenwood MP visited Bedford rail station yesterday, Wednesday, to hear the concerns of rail users.

Ms Greenwood said: “One of the issues I have heard today is the need for an integrated transport system in Bedford.

“It’s about using transport infrastructure to drive growth.

“The cost of rail fares is a major issue – I can understand why people feel it is important, especially with the rising cost of living.

“With a rail season ticket to London costing over £4,000 it might cost more than your mortgage.

“Labour has worked hard over the last four years listening to the general public about railways. A Labour government needs to ensure that railway money is used in the best possible way.”

Arthur Taylor, from Flitwick and chairman of Bedford Commuters Association said: “A lot of people in Bedford commute to London.

“The government should look at restricting fare price rises. They scrapped the price rises in petrol duty – why not have a level playing field and have a cap on train price rises?”

Penny Fletcher, Labour Mayoral candidate, said: “Bedford needs a lift in its transport infrastructure. There is also no real connect between the bus station and Bedford train station.”

Patrick Hall, prospective Labour Parliamentary candidate who chaired the meeting said: “There are many issues that need to be looked into including the cost of season tickets.”

Ms Greenwood added: “I will be using the discussions I have had today to raise some of the issues with the relevant authorities.”

 

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