Local MP Jon Cruddas says proposed transport price rises are "scandalous"
Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham
Train passengers across Barking and Dagenham are facing huge fare rises in the near future, with the Conservative-led Coalition Government proposing a planned average fare increase up to 6.2% in January, with some tickets potentially set to cost over 11% more.
The average price of an annual season ticket from Essex to London has now risen to an estimated £5000. Meanwhile those commuting in and around Barking and Dagenham will also see significant rises in their transport costs.
Local passenger groups and unions have expressed outrage at the price hike, which will place further pressure on the already stretched budgets of ordinary families across the borough.
Richard Hebditch, a director at ‘Campaign for Better Transport’ which has called for fare rises to be capped at 1% above inflation, said ; “It’s really going to be tough for people, it’s about three times the expected increase in wages.
“Those who simply can’t afford a car and have to rely on public transport are also facing a squeeze with reduced bus services making it more difficult to get to a job and higher fares eating into tight household budgets. The Government needs to ensure that transport doesn’t trap people in poverty or unemployment.”
Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has added his voice to the chorus of critics slamming the latest price-rise. When asked he said that the potential 11% increase in rail prices was “scandalous”, and said it would “hit Dagenham and Rainham hard”.
He said; “This is very bad news for individuals and families in my constituency. People are going to suffer as a result of this decision, whether it’s those catching the C2C from Rainham, or the Overground from Chadwell Heath, or the London Underground.
“I’m not sure that this Tory-led Government fully understand the impact that this is going to have on already hard-pressed families in my constituency, who are struggling to make ends meet as it is.”