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Effective Campaigning For Local Commuters
Mark Reckless Campaigned For Peak Hour Trains to Stop At Rochester … And Delivered!
Last year Mark Reckless, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood, met with Southeastern managers to discuss the impact of above inflation fare increases and changes to the timetable on Southeastern’s Medway services. Working with the independent Fair’s Fare for Medway campaign, Mark Reckless won a significant victory for local commuters when Southeastern finally agreed to introduce regular peak hour stopping services at Rochester station.
Previously Rochester and Strood commuters were forced to travel to Chatham station to catch the fast peak time services into London, but thanks to Mark’s effective campaigning many hundreds of local commuters now find they have more time at home in the morning and in the evening.
But there is still much to do. Fares are still too high and the new timetable isn’t working for many. The campaign continues!
How Much Will Rail Strike Cost You?
Mark Reckless is calling on members of the RMT and TSSA unions to reconsider their decision to press ahead with the national rail strike next week. At a time when many commuters and their families are already struggling to get through Labour’s recession, the last thing people here in Medway need is aggressive union action that will prevent many from getting to their place of work. Many will find they have no option but to use precious holiday time they can ill afford or, worse still, be forced to take unpaid leave.
Once again, it’s the hardworking taxpayers of this country who will be made to pay for Gordon Brown’s weakness in the face of union militancy, and that simply isn’t acceptable. It’s time for change.
Penalty Fares Unfair On HS1?
Mark is currently looking at the issue of penalty fares issued to non-HS1 season ticket holders who have reported that the facility to purchase upgrades onboard the trains has been removed.
When the service began last December, Southeastern actively promoted the fact that regular season ticket holders could purchase their upgrades en route, but it appears this facility was removed at some point without any prior notification leaving many unsuspecting commuters facing unjustified penalty fare notices. If you have had this problem, let Mark know as he may be able to get you a refund.