Demonstrating with locals over New Year fare increases
Ealing residents returning to work after the New Year were met by local Labour MPs Rupa Huq and Steve Pound, who were
part of a protest against increased fares for commuters.
Council Leader Julian Bell along with councillors including
Sarah Rooney (Acton Central), Aysha Raza (Greenford Green), Linda Burke
(Cleveland), Praveen Anand (Ealing Common) and dozens of campaigners,
turned out at nine tube and rail stations across Ealing last Wednesday (2 January).
Rupa Huq MP said, “The situation in London is good compared to the
incompetence of Transport Minister 'Failing' Chris Grayling who has presided
over £700 million cuts to TFL, 3.1% increases in travel cards and
rail fares and consistent strikes across national rail services. By contrast
Sadiq Khan has frozen fares for the third year running, seen a 65% decrease
in tube strikes, the launching of the night tube and the commitment to
tackle travel pollution across London.
“Transport is a huge concern in Ealing as I saw in December when
I held a lively roundtable residents meeting with TravelWatch in Parliament
where worries over the cutting of bus routes in Ealing were voiced directly
to TFL and bus operators. Grayling has messed up with HS2, Heathrow and
Cross Rail and now he’s awarded a ferry contract for no deal Brexit
to a company with no ferries or record of ever running any. You couldn’t
make it up. The last Conservative London Mayor has a poor record of vanity
projects like the garden bridge, cable car and water-cannon.”
The Mayor has recently come under criticism for an alleged failure to make the public aware of likely delays to the Crossrail project.
will be a key issue for the next GLA elections in 2020.
The full list of station covered is as follows:
January 10, 2019