Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has written to his colleague the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to highlight the plight of commuters in Brighton & Hove and request that fares are capped by the Retail Price Index (RPI).
Mike, and his local conservative colleagues, are acutely aware of the financial burden on commuters and feel that fares should not rise above inflation.
In his letter to the Chancellor, Mike said: Many residents from Brighton & Hove currently pay over £5,000 to travel to London and this may potentially rise to £5,250. I, along with many of my Conservative colleagues, do not believe that fares should go up by more than inflation. I should be extremely grateful, therefore, if you would intervene again in this matter in order to ensure that fares do not rise above the Retail Price Index.
Commenting, Mike said: I regularly hear from residents about the strain of paying huge sums of money simply to get to work. While I am pleased that the Government is taking a sensible approach to improving our rail network, I hope that the Chancellor will, like last year, intervene and restrict any rises to RPI.
Cllr Graham Cox, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade, added: Having commuted to London myself, I know just how frustrating it is to see the prices of already expensive tickets go up even further. I hope that the Chancellor will take into consideration our calls for a cap on fare increases, which will effect so many people in Hove and Portslade.