Government slap in the face for Redhill area commuters

Passengers who use the Redhill route into London have been dealt another slap in the face, following the Government announcement of a drop in ticket fares for stations included in its multi-billion pound CrossRail scheme.

Transport for London (TfL) recently announced that commuter stations soon to be part of CrossRail will see fares fall by up to 40%. Redhill route passengers travelling into London still pay significantly higher than many stations further out of the capital.

Redhill Route rail users:

  • pay higher fares than passengers from East Grinstead or Three Bridges
  • pay almost 50% more than stations within TfL travel zones
  • have been explicitly denied any compensation from the Government for four years’ poor service whilst London Bridge works are carried out

Steve Trigg, Chair of Reigate, Redhill & District Rail Users Association (RRDRUA), said:

“This is another slap in the face for Redhill area passengers. The Government could reduce fares from our stations, but they have refused. Meanwhile, we see huge fare drops for fellow commuters along the CrossRail Route. “This is a postcode penalty for anyone living in the Redhill area, from a government who has invested nothing in our rail line but creates misery for our commuters with grand schemes in London. Redhill route fares to London are over £1000 a year more than fares from nearby stations. It’s time the Government listened, stopped us subsidising others and gave us Fair Fares.”

RRDRUA is urging everyone to sign their petition for Redhill-area stations to be included in TfL Oyster Zone 6, which would reduce ticket costs for anyone travelling into London. The petition is available online: http://tinyurl.com/og3lenh

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For further information (media enquiries only) please contact:

Sara Pont
RRDRUA Media Officer
07759634595
pressofficer@rrdrua.org.uk

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