By Chris Cornell / Latest NewsTransport / / 0 Comments

Members of the Whitstable Labour party joined members of the RMT and early morning commuters today to protest the highest price rise on season tickets in five years. Fares will increase by 3.4% today , with season tickets up by 3.6% –  more than the consumer price index inflation rate and well above average increases in annual earnings.

Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 the cost of season tickets has increased by a staggering 32%.  A standard annual season ticket from Canterbury to London now costs over £7, 188.

Labour supports investment in our train infrastructure but through a radical programme of nationalisation when rail franchises end. Figures from the TUC suggest that commuters to London spend as much as six times as much of their salary on commuting than comparable commutes in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Spain who are government owned.

However, local Conservative Councillor Stephen Bartley, described the idea of redistributing income gathered from people who use the service to alleviate the burden on those hardest hit as a “Ponzi scheme, not a policy”. His comment seems to forget that this is general taxation works.

The SouthEastern rail franchise ends in December 2018. Please email your experiences of the service to your Labour MP at [email protected]

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By Chris Cornell / Transport / 0 Comments

Labour MP Rosie Duffield today used her first opportunity to question the Prime Minister directly to highlight the massive cuts to bus services planned by Kent County Council next year.

This week Kent County Council (KCC) has proposed an almost £4 million cut in their budget for ‘socially necessary’ bus services. The Tory cut could mean the cancellation of dozens of rural services which are a lifeline to local people.

Rosie highlighted that out of the 78 services facing the chop, 14 were school buses, including the service which ferries children from Whitstable to the grammar school in Faversham.  If plans are passed the reduction in services would come into play from September next year. She has warned that the plans could be “devastating” to people who use them everyday.

In response, Damien Green, the First Secretary of State and MP for Ashford admitted that local councils needed to live within their means. His response was come as a real dissapointment to his own constituents who will also suffer from this cut and serves as further evidence of how it is only the Labour Party who really care about socially isolated individuals.

If you are concerned about this issue please sign the “Save Our Buses” petition launched by KentLive.