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3.1 per cent increase sparks anger amongst commuters

 Published on: 14th January 2019   |   By: Charlie Reynolds   |   Category: Uncategorized

Anger has sparked amongst Bushey commuters who feel they haven’t seen an improvement in the service despite the 3.1 per cent increase.  

The government made the announcement in December last year and the fare was introduced on January 2. Commuters across the country feel it isn’t value for money.  

One local commuter, Rita Scott, believes that first-class carriages should be voided during rush hour.

She said: “The trains from Bushey to London-Euston during the rush hour are full to capacity. I tend to board the 6.48 to Euston, so at least I get a seat.

She added: “The fares are extremely expensive, with trains frequently late or cancelled. In addition, there are still first class carriages available; which are often half empty. First class carriages should be declassified during the rush hour period.”

Commuters have also taken to Twitter to vent their anger at the London Northern Railway (LNR) service which is the main service used to get from Bushey to London.

One Twitter user tagged @LNRailway and said: “Happy New Year. Cheers for the fare increase. Let’s hope the service improves with all this extra money”

Then five days later, they tagged @LNRailway in this tweet: “Absolute joke! Put fares up and still cancel trains (8.14 to Euston) and run late. When are you going to justify this increase??? Outrageous!”

One Hertfordshire Twitter user said: “My god that is shameful. @LNRailway there is no justification for such an increase!”

The increase was further described by general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, Mick Cash, as a “national disgrace”.

In a statement, Mark blamed the increase on the “toxic combination of gross mismanagement and profiteering by the private companies exploiting Britain’s rip-off railways.”

The statement went onto say: “Our passengers have been left paying the highest fares in Europe to travel on rammed out and unreliable services and that is a national disgrace.”

How has this affected you? We want to hear from MyBusheyNews readers about how the increase has impacted you. Contact 01442 220191 or newshub@mynewsmag.co.uk

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