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.”