Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the announcement that Southeastern will increase off-peak fare prices, said:
“This further fare rise is another slap in the face for long-suffering rail passengers. Fares have sky rocketed since 2010, passenger satisfaction is plummeting and punctuality has fallen to a ten year low.
“A railway works best as an integrated network, but privatisation and franchising have meant breaking it up to create opportunities for companies to extract a profit, resulting in costly inefficiencies resulting in sky high fares.
“The current system is broken. It is time for our railways to be run under public ownership, in the public interest as an integrated national asset with affordable fares for all and long-term investment in the railway network.”