We’ll fight for better railway say councillors

Labour Party member Shane Kelly with Councillor Luigi Reale and  Councillor Sue Oliver at Bedford Station PNL-160501-094214001
Labour Party member Shane Kelly with Councillor Luigi Reale and Councillor Sue Oliver at Bedford Station PNL-160501-094214001

The latest hike in rail fares has seen Bedford councillors vow to fight for a better service.

Labour councillors Sue Oliver and Luigi Reale say Saturday’s increase represents a 24 per cent rise to the cost of travelling from Bedford to St Pancras in the last six years.

In 2010 an annual season ticket was £3,584. Today it’s, £4,444 - an increase of £860.

Castle Ward councillor Luigi Reale said: “Commuters were told higher fares would fund investment, but projects, such as electrification north of Bedford, have been delayed for years, and passengers are paying ever more to travel on increasingly overcrowded and unreliable trains.

“Labour’s policy is to bring the railways into public ownership so they can be run for passengers not for profit.

“Labour successfully established the East Coast mainline as a not-for-private-profit service and returned £1bn to the taxpayer, which proves it can be done.

“We will continue to campaign for fairer fares, investment in a 21st century railway and giving passengers a stronger voice.”