Fare Increases - South Eastern Trains

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Bob Neill
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


What steps did the Mayor or TfL take to prevent the recenr record fare increases imposed upon passengers of South Eastern Trains? .


Answer for Fare Increases - South Eastern Trains

Answer for Fare Increases - South Eastern Trains

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

National Rail fare levels are not controlled by TfL or the Mayor. The Strategic Rail Authority set guidelines for Train Operating company fare decisions, and these have been revised to allow a general increase of 1% above the prevailing rate of inflation. TfL and I will continue to emphasise that such increases at the present time will deter travellers from using rail services unless they are accompanied by appropriate improvements to services. Whilst the fare increases are unsatisfactory, we must all press to ensure that the money they raise is invested in service improvements. .