Labour attempts to “rewrite history” of rail fare rises

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has accused the Labour Party of attempting to rewrite history during a debate on rail fares in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 12 January.

Labour’s contract with Southeastern Railway allowed the operator to increase fares by an average of RPI inflation +3% from January 2007 for five years. However, commuters at Bexley Stations saw much higher increases.

For example, fares from Bexleyheath Station rose by 13.5% in 2008, then a further 11.6% in 2009.

During the speech made by the Shadow Transport Secretary, Mr Evennett said: “she is attempting to rewrite history. Does she feel any guilt about the huge fare increases that took place under the Labour Government, because commuters in my constituency had a really rough time?”