As train fares go up, the Green Party is calling for railways to be brought back into public ownership. Rail fares rose by 3.4 per cent on January 1, 2018, costing many people up to an additional £150 a year.
This week, Southwark campaigners are protesting against the increases at Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye stations. They are sharing the Green Party petition to bring the railways back into public ownership and asking Southwark residents to write to Harriet Harman, Helen Hayes and Neil Coyle to find out what solutions they support.
Eleanor Margolies, joint coordinator of Southwark Green party, said: “We’re facing the biggest rail fare jump in five years, while wages stay stagnant. Rail fares have risen twice as much as pay in the last eight years.
“Just getting to work is costing commuters more and more, while services get worse and worse. Shareholders made billions of pounds in profits last year, while passengers stood on platforms watching their services get delayed, disrupted and cancelled. This has to change.
"More and more people are using Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye stations every year, but there is dangerous overcrowding at Denmark Hill, and no step-free access to Peckham Rye station. We're calling for a new exit to be opened on Windsor Walk to relieve overcrowding at Denmark Hill and for lifts to be installed at Peckham Rye.
“We need a publicly owned railway system, with cheap, accessible, reliable transport for all."