17 OCT 2014

Greg calls on Southeastern to reduce fares and provide more flexible ticketing for part-time workers

Greg called on the new MD of Southeastern, David Statham, to reduce rail fares and prioritise the introduction of flexible ticketing for part-time workers when they met.

Greg said:

"In the past, travellers on the Hastings line have suffered double-digit increases which has resulted in a huge discrepancy in the price of an annual season ticket from Tunbridge Wells and Eridge – around £1,500 difference. I strongly believe this injustice should be corrected and asked David Statham, during his time in the post, to work towards correcting this disparity.

"I also pointed out that Southeastern is in the dark ages when it comes to ticketing. In London, flexible ticketing has been around for over 10 years. The technology is easily available so why hasn't it reached Tunbridge Wells yet? Lots of people work part-time now and it is unfair that their choice is to either pay over the odds for a season ticket or suffer the high cost and inconvenience of buying daily tickets.

"The recent extension of the franchise was disappointing in terms of improvements for travellers from Tunbridge Wells. If they don't start providing better value for money, then it is my strong view that the franchise should be withdrawn when it comes up for renewal."

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