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Cut rail fares demand Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats.

November 8, 2019 1:48 PM
By Nick Machnik-Foster

Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats have demanded a cut in fares on routes after weeks of delays and disruption.

train delayIn a letter to West Midlands Rail, they say passengers deserve financial compensation for having put up with such a poor service.

The call comes after weeks of transport chaos and delays and figures unearthed by the Lib Dems showed that nearly a quarter of commuters were standing on West Midlands Rail services during peak times.

The party expressed their "deep disappointment and frustration" in the letter, which was sent to Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, the Managing Director of West Midlands Railways.

They also ask for "urgent assurances" regarding the recent spate of delays and disruptions in and out of Birmingham New Street Station.

The letter said: 'It's unacceptable that people will have to continue on such a poor service with delays, cancellations and commuters are having to be treated worse than cattle.

It went on to say 'A reduction in fares on affected routes, is the very least that could be done. I expect West Midlands Trains to do the right thing and compensate its passengers.'

'This is yet another example of rail passengers in the Black Country being treated like second-class citizens.'

Commenting, Liberal Democrat campaigner Nick Machnik-Foster said:

"Why should we pay full fare for trains that take three times too long. In the last few weeks it has been a nightmare for commuters and something has to give, and for once it should be commuters who see the benefits.

"The train companies are making us for a first-class service when people stand or even have to sit on the toilet to get a seat.

"It is time for the companies to cut the fares and give passengers a reward for sticking so loyally with them."

Below is the full letter sent to Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, the Managing Director of West Midlands Railways.

Dear Jan,

We write to you on behalf of Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats and hundreds of commuters in the region. We write with a sense of deep disappointment and frustration about the service currently being offered to passengers in the region.

It's unacceptable that people will have to continue on such a poor service with delays, cancellations and commuters are having to be treated worse than cattle.

The poor service commuters are getting is putting in stark relief the potential impact of nationalisation. Now, the Liberal Democrats do not support that proposal but we understand the attraction some feel for it due to the service many are receiving.

We urge you to play your part and act before it is too late.

All this comes after figures released by the Department for Transport and analysis done by our team showed that during peak hours nearly a quarter of passengers were standing on services in and out of Birmingham stations. This is yet another example of rail passengers in the Black Country being treated like second-class citizens

To be frank, something has to give.

We believe a reduction in fares on affected routes, is the very least that could be done. I expect West Midlands Trains to do the right thing and compensate its passengers.

Kind regards,

Nick Machnik-Foster

City of Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats