The announcement that rail fares will rise again in January 2016 means that passengers in Enfield North will be hit by a cost increase of 34 per cent since 2010.
The new fare rises will come into effect on January 2nd 2016. Figures released this week show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Gordon Hill to Moorgate will have risen from £1,200 in 2010 to £1,612 in 2016 – an increase of £412. Passengers in Enfield North have been hit by some of the highest price rises in London over this period.
Earlier this year, David Cameron said that higher rail fares were necessary to fund improvement projects, which were promised in the Conservative manifesto. Key rail investment projects were then put on hold just weeks after the general election.
Rail Minister, Claire Perry, was criticised last year after she said that passengers should ‘start to realise that they are paying fair fares for comfortable commuting.’
Overall passenger satisfaction has declined since 2010 and two of the rail companies operating in Enfield – Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Abellio Greater Anglia (AGA) – are two of the worst performing in the country for passenger satisfaction.
Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:
“The Conservatives are failing to put passengers first. The latest announcement on fare rises means that the cost of season tickets in Enfield North will have risen by 34% under their watch, putting real pressure on household budgets.
“Instead of talking about ‘fair fares for comfortable commuting,’ Ministers should instead reform the railways, deliver better value for money and give passengers a real voice in how railways are run.”