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Liberal Democrats announce plans to freeze rail fares for the next five year

November 22, 2019 6:00 PM


Lib Dems will freeze rail fares and fix broken ticketing system

The Liberal Democrats have announced bold plans to freeze rail fares for commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, while fixing the broken fares and ticketing system.This policy is expected to cost approximately £1.6 billion

Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) trains on platforms at Kings Cross station, north London.A Liberal Democrat government would cancel the 2.8% rail fare increase planned for December 2018 and freeze commuter fares and season tickets for the entirety of the next five years

  • These proposals would save season ticket holders across the UK thousands of pounds. Projected savings for individual season tickets (based on predicted RPI increases through to 2024/5) include:

    • Winchester to London: £2,349.19

    • St Albans to London: £1603

    • Stockport to Manchester: £326

    • Leamington Spa to Birmingham: £735

The Liberal Democrats would also overhaul ticketing by simplifying the system, create season tickets for part-time commuters and introducing early-bird fares.

The party would ensure that all rail franchises apply delay repay compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more.



Manifesto 2019