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Press release – Train Fair increases – January 2019

by martingosscolchesterppc on 4 June, 2019

Prospective MP calls on Government double standards to end on rail fair increases

Going back to the 2015 General Election the Conservatives promised to freeze rail fair increases for 5 years if elected or cap at the rate of inflation. Details are included in historic news releases below.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11526367/Election-2015-Conservatives-pledge-to-cap-rail-fares-for-five-years.html
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/apr/21/rail-fare-rise-cotswolds-uk-david-cameron-pledge-freeze-prices

 From January 1st 2019 we see another inflation busting increase to add to all the other above inflation fair increases which have been heaped onto long suffering commuters.

Martin Goss said “As a commuter myself who travels to either London or Chelmsford for work on a frequent basis I have been hit like all other commuters with eye watering increases and worsening services. Latest statistics tell us that services are at their lowest punctuality levels for 13 years and commuter dissatisfaction is at an all time high. If 98p of every £1.00 is apparently being reinvested into rail services, I would like to know where – how can punctuality be at an all time 13 year low?”

“It’s time this Government was held to account on promising one thing and then doing another – rail fairs need to be frozen – it’s as simple as that! Our Colchester MP Will Quince keeps banging on about investment in the railway – but we yet to see any improvement on the Colchester route.  MP’s of course also have their rail fairs paid for by the taxpayer so  have no real understanding of the true costs commuters pay just to get to work.”

Ends

3rd January 2019

NOTE TO EDITOR:

Martin is available for further comment at either his mobile number or email address.

About Martin:

Martin has lived in Colchester since he was four and moved here in 1978.

He attended Prettygate Infants and Junior School before attending Philip Morant School. He also attended Colchester Institute for his further and Higher Education before completing his degree part-time whilst working.

Martin works in IT as a Senior Leader within the Insurance sector and has worked in Colchester so has first hand experience of being truly local.

He lives in Mile End with his wife Rachel and has family in Prettygate and Stanway.

Martin has been a Borough Councillor in Mile End for ten years and is the Cabinet Member for Waste on Colchester Borough Council. He is also a frequent rail commuter.

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