Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has been lobbying for Ipswich to be included in the Network Railcard Area, which would bring down train fares to London. Ipswich to London currently has some of the most expensive rail fares per mile in the country.
Now Sandy is launching a petition to bring down fares.
Following a meeting with Jonathan Denby, Head of Corporate Affairs at Greater Anglia, and Jamie Burles, Managing Director of Abellio Greater Anglia, this afternoon at the Labour Party Conference, Sandy Martin, MP for Ipswich, has decided to launch the following petition to give the residents of Ipswich the opportunity to express their feelings about the cost of train travel to London.
The petition reads:
We the undersigned believe that the economic health of Ipswich and the wellbeing of Ipswich residents requires an effective affordable rail link to London. We applaud the introduction of new trains and look forward to more reliable services, but we are dismayed by the price of walk-on fares to London from Ipswich, which are currently some of the most expensive fares in the UK. We call on the Rail Delivery Group to include Ipswich in the Network Railcard Area, so that Network Railcards could be used to make business and employment journeys more affordable, and in addition we demand that Abellio Greater Anglia reduce the price of walk-on journeys from Ipswich to London.
Sandy said: “I do understand that Abellio bid for the Greater Anglia franchise on the basis of these astronomical fares, but that is not the fault of the passengers, it is the fault of the whole franchising system. I do not see why my constituents should be penalised by a system of privatised rail delivery which does not treat Ipswich people fairly. I will continue to work with Greater Anglia to do everything I can to help improve our rail services, but what I will not do is accept that the present price structure is fair.”
You can sign Sandy's petition here.