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.