Labour's parliamentary candidate for Chatham & Aylesford Tristan Osborne and Labour Group Leader Vince Maple were pleased to welcome Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Michael Dugher MP to Chatham.
During the visit Tristan raised the many concerns local residents have given to him about the price of commuting with some season tickets to London now costing in excess of £5,000
Tristan, Vince and Michael also met with senior managers of Arriva where the potential future direction of bus services across Medway were discussed, including Labour's plan to devolve £30 billion of funding to local government focused on key areas like public transport.
Michael Dugher MP said: “I was pleased that Tristan invited me down to visit Chatham and Aylesford, Tristan made a powerful case on behalf of those in the area who have suffered through Tory inflation busting rises on both the railways and buses.
“It’s clear that Labour’s plan to devolve thirty billion pounds from Whitehall to local communities will make a real difference to areas like Medway to better make decisions on improvements to transport infrastructure.”
Tristan said "It was great to be able to share with Michael the real concerns Chatham and Aylesford residents have when it comes to the issues of transport. It is clear we need a Labour Government to get our communities moving again. It is simply unacceptable that we have seen a 20% increase in train fares in the last five years."
Vince added "On May 7th, if people support a Labour Government locally and nationally it is a chance to start to reverse the last decade of decline we have seen under a Conservative Council when it comes to the issues of public transport. We would prioritise reducing and simplifying bus fares rather than the pet projects of spending £4 million on a concrete runway at Rochester Airport or the so called ‘Dynamic Bus Facility’ which is simply not fit for purpose particularly in winter weather."