Labour has condemned today's rise in annual rail fares which will hit Hemel commuters returning to work on Monday after the Christmas holiday.
Regulated rail fares, which include season tickets, will rise by up to 2.5% while the average rise for all fares will be 2.2%. The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) says the rise in the cost of a season ticket on London Midland, which operates the Hemel to Euston line, between Milton Keynes to London will be 2.43% which represents a rise of 23.5% or £930 since January 2010.
Tony Breslin, Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hemel Hempstead, said:
Hemel voters are reeling from a double transport whammy this January. Travelers are facing the prospect of bus services being cut in the evenings and weekends alongside another year of rail fare rises which are again outstripping inflation.On average commuters are now paying £600 more for a season ticket.
Rail bosses say this is the lowest rise since 2010 but it's still a rise by any other name. We've had Tory politicians in charge in Hemel for almost a generation and through all that time it feels like no-one's been standing up for the people of Hemel.