Today RRDRUA launched a demand for the RMT, the Department for Transport and Southern Rail (GTR) to get together, preferably in a locked room and sort out the disputes to the satisfaction of all so we can have our lives back.
At Redhill we have had 10 years of cuts, reduction in services and extending journey times. We have suffered unfairly with additional burdens of delays and skip stopping. Fares are much higher than other local routes as GTR passengers have been subsidising London passengers for many years.
Now with the constant industrial disputes between GTR Southern and its staff we want the Government who control the service under a management contract, GTR Southern and the RMT union orchestrating the dispute to all sit together in a room and sort it out urgently for all the thousands of Passengers who lives are being ruined by their actions
WE WANT OUR LIVES BACK
Chairperson – Reigate, Redhill and District Rail Users Association
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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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