An e-petition for fair fares on rail services, signed by nearly 3,000 people, was presented to the Government on Thursday.
Reigate MP Crispin Blunt led a delegation of representatives from the Reigate, Redhill & District Rail Users’ Association (RRDRUA) who met Rail Minister Claire Perry MP. As part of the “Fair Fares” campaign, they presented the petition, which calls for TfL Zone 6 to be extended south to stations in the Redhill area, including Reigate.
The petition argues:
“Fares to London from stations on the Redhill route in East Surrey are significantly higher than other equivalent stations in Surrey and further away from London in Sussex. This unfair situation has been the case for many years and it is time a correction is made.
Currently the service from Redhill has been subject to drastic cuts, chronic overcrowding and appalling reliability creating significant discomfort and extended journey times – ruining the home life of regular commuters. Compensation is necessary.”
RRDRUA recently said they had performed an analysis showing that every timetable change made since January 2012 has worsened the Redhill to London service.
Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate, said of Thursday’s meeting:
“I’m pleased we were able to make a compelling case to the Minister with a proposal which would be cost-neutral. Local commuters have suffered the double-whammy of higher fares and worsening service. We now look to the Minister to take action to introduce zonal fares for Redhill area passengers; it’s time for action to bring fairness to fares.”
The Rail Minister said she would look at RRDRUA’s proposal with officials from the Department for Transport.
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