Hitchin and Harpenden commuters hit with £200 hike in rail fares


  • Liberal Democrats call for fare freeze as cost of living crisis worsens.

 

  • Annual season ticket for Hitchin and Harpenden commuters into London rises by most in a decade.

 

  • This affects over 1 in 6 workers in Hitchin and Harpenden.

The cost of an annual season ticket for Hitchin and Harpenden commuters has risen this week by the most in a decade despite the cost of living crisis worsening. 

 

Annual season ticket prices between Hitchin and London all zones rose on March 1st by a staggering £215 to £5,892, while the equivalent price rise for Harpenden commuters is £193 to £5,276.

 

By 2026, the annual season ticket price for Hitchin commuters is forecasted to be £6,502 and for Harpenden £5,822 if the Government does not freeze rail fares. The rise comes despite reduced services compared to pre-pandemic timetables. 

 

The Liberal Democrats are calling for rail fares to be frozen for five years and for pre-pandemic timetables to be restored. 

 

Sam Collins, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hitchin and Harpenden, said:

 

“It is outrageous to hike rail fares in the middle of a cost of living crisis.  This Conservative Government is completely out of touch. 

 

“Tax rises are coming, energy bills are skyrocketing and now rail fares are set to rise for people in Hitchin and Harpenden. 

 

“I am calling for a fair deal for people in Hitchin and Harpenden with a fare freeze and the Government to cancel all tax hikes. The cost of living crisis is getting worse by the week and Boris Johnson is too busy trying to save his own job."

 

“We should be making green forms of transport cheaper, yet this Conservative Government is determined to make rail more expensive than ever before.”


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