MP for Tunbridge Wells, Greg Clark, welcomed the announcement by Southeastern that rail fare increases on the Tunbridge Wells and Paddock Wood lines will not be higher than around 4% next year.
Although the Government capped the annual rail fare increase to inflation plus 1% for the next two years, under its current franchise agreement Southeastern is legally entitled to increase the fare from any particular station by up to 5% more than this, as long as the average increase across its network is at the national cap.
Greg Clark said:
"Last month, I met with the Managing Director of Southeastern and urged him not to increase rail fares from our local stations by more than the national average, especially at a time when many people are struggling financially.
"I am very pleased that he listened to the concerns that I raised - this announcement will be a huge relief to rail passengers."
In the past, local rail passengers have been hit by double-figure rail fare increases. As a result of a campaign by Kent MPs and the local press, Southeastern reduced rail fare increases to around 6% last year.
Rail fares are based on the Retail Price Index (RPI) in July 2012, which was 3.2%, plus 3%. The Government announced the average rise for the next two years would be capped at RPI plus 1%.
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