** Lib Dems call for fare freeze as cost of living crisis worsens
** Annual season ticket for Spelthorne commuters reaches up to £2,952
** Season ticket will be over £3,200 by 2026
** London travelcards for tube and bus services set to be scrapped for local commuters
The cost of an annual season ticket for Spelthorne commuters rose by the most in a decade on 1st March despite the cost of living crisis worsening.
Annual season ticket prices between Spelthorne and London Waterloo will rise up to a staggering £110 to around £2,952.
By 2026, the annual season ticket price for Spelthorne commuters is forecasted to be up to £3,258 if the Government does not freeze rail fares. The rise comes despite reduced services compared to pre-pandemic timetables.
Daily travelcards for those travelling on national rail services to London are also set to be scrapped, meaning passengers will pay more for tube and bus services in the capital.
The Lib Dems are calling for rail fares to be frozen for five years and for pre-pandemic timetables to be restored.
Councillor Tom Fidler, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Spelthorne, 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 Spelthorne."
"The Lib Dems and I are calling for a fair deal for people locally 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."