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Eltham Labour Councillors and Clive Efford MP started 2018 by speaking to commuters about the Tory Government’s rail failure. Across the country ticket prices have risen by 32% since the Tories came to power, twice as fast as wage increases.

 

Eltham South Council candidate Tom Atley said; “Commuters at New Eltham are deeply unhappy about this rise, travelling by train is not a luxury and the government are pricing people out.” Fellow Eltham South Council candidate Pat Slattery added “The Tories are failing to stand up for millions of passengers.”

 

On top of this Tory transport minister Chris Grayling has confirmed that he is going to cut trains to Victoria on the Bexleyheath Line. This will have a huge impact at Kidbrooke station and Eltham Station. More than four out of every five people who responded to the Governments consultation last year opposed the cut.

 

Commenting on the cut, local resident and Labour Council candidate for Eltham North, Caroline Walsh said, “The government has not listened to local people and has ignored the problems people with disabilities will have when trying to change trains at Lewisham. People going to hospital appointments at Kings will also be severely inconvenienced.”

 

Caroline has submitted a petition to the number 10 website to lobby the Government to stop this cut. You support Caroline in fighting this cut by signing the petition. 

 

Meanwhile London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan is making commuting affordable by freezing TFL fairs and introducing the new ‘Hopper’ bus fare. A Labour Government would bring our railways into public ownership, and bring London’s Suburban railways under TFL control, this would mean frozen fairs, a more reliable service and investment in our rails ways.

Eltham Labour stands up for Commuters

Eltham Labour Councillors and Clive Efford MP started 2018 by speaking to commuters about the Tory Government’s rail failure. Across the country ticket prices have risen by 32% since the...

simon_peirce_with_clive_at_station_oct_2016032.jpgEltham MP Clive Efford has welcomed the selection of local resident Simon Peirce as Labour's candidate in  the Eltham North by-election on November 10.  "I have known Simon for many years and I know he will be a strong voice for Eltham North" said Clive.

Speaking after the being selected, Simon said "Living locally with my wife I know that Eltham is a great place to live.  However, I want to make it even better by building on the fantastic work already undertaken by the Labour councillors for Eltham North."

"As a regular commuter I know that the rail service from Eltham is simply unacceptable.  That is why I will do all that I can to work with the Council to support Labour's campaign for Southeastern to be stripped of the franchise to run local trains when it is up for renewal next year and for it to be given to Sadiq Khan and TfL.  I will also be supporting Clive's campaign for longer trains.  It makes no sense for millions  to be spent on lengthening station platforms if there are no carriages to lengthen the trains."

Simon is also extremely concerned about our local NHS.  "The recent decision to privatise local orthopedic services makes no sense and I will be supporting the Council's demands that the plans be scrapped.  Such a move - using the new laws introduced in 2012 by the Tory/Lid Dem coalition - will take money out of the NHS and will threaten the viability of other vital services such as our A&E departments."

cinema.jpgSimon is also looking forward to working to ensure that the new cinema opens on schedule.  The council has invested £14 million to bring a new 6-screen cinema to Eltham High Street, which will also bring Nandos and Pizza Express restaurants to our town centre.  Money is also being spent on refurbishing the High Street.  "Investment like this is crucial if we are going to continue to attract businesses to Eltham to ensure our Town Centre has a rosy future," explained Simon.

Simon will also ensure that the views of local people are listened to when the new parking regulations are reviewed in the next few months. 

 If you can help Simon on polling day, 10 November please click here.

 

 

Labour selects Simon Peirce for Eltham North By-Election

Eltham MP Clive Efford has welcomed the selection of local resident Simon Peirce as Labour's candidate in  the Eltham North by-election on November 10.  "I have known Simon for many...

clive_and_denise_eltham_station.jpgClive was at Eltham Station early this morning with Greenwich Council leader Denise Hyland and local councillors Wynn Davis and Linda Bird to meet commuters facing record fares increase.

Hard working commuters going back to work after the Christmas break are now paying 33 per cent more for their train fares under the Tories, because of yet another year of rail fare hikes that came into force this week.  Figures released by Labour show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Eltham to central London has risen by a whopping £328 a year, or 33 percent, since 2010.

Clive joined Denise in slamming the Tory government for hammering passengers and commuters. Clive said: “Passengers in Eltham and Plumstead have been hit again and again by eye-watering rail fare rises. Fares have now rocketed by 33 percent under the Tories, far outstripping any increase in most people’s pay packets.

Denise added: “Travelling to work by train isn’t a luxury, it’s how people get to work every day. A season ticket from Eltham to London now costs over £328 more every year than it did in 2010.”

Clive backs Labour's policy to bring the railways into public ownership so they can be run for passengers not profit. “This would mean means fairer fares, investment in a 21st century railway and giving passengers a stronger voice" he added.

Clive is pictured above with Eltham North Councillors Wynne Davis and Linda Bird, and leader of Greenwich Council Denise Hyland

 

Clive speaks up for local rail passengers hit by record fare rises

Clive was at Eltham Station early this morning with Greenwich Council leader Denise Hyland and local councillors Wynn Davis and Linda Bird to meet commuters facing record fares increase.

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