Better value for money rail services: Government response

The quality of rail services in East Surrey has been a key concern over recent months (see here and here ). Last week, I wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for the Government to do more to help commuters with the cost of rail fares and, specifically, for January’s scheduled fare increases to be scrapped. I also made the case for greater investment in the local rail network and the electrification of the Uckfield line to improve capacity. The fact is that for many people in East Surrey who commute into central London, there is no alternative to using rail services. The planned above-inflation increase in rail fares would have seen the price of an annual season ticket into London with a travelcard rise to