Voluntary Sector: Taking action ... Tonbridge Line Commuters v Southeastern/Government

Protesters: The Tonbridge Line Commuters Group
Target: Southeastern trains, UK government
Location: Tonbridge railway station
Date: 10 August

- The Lowdown

The Tonbridge Line Commuters Group gathered at the town's station to protest against rising train fares. They urged commuters to sign a petition calling for a stop to the increase in season tickets and held placards in support of national campaign Fair Fares Now.

- Why the protest?

The cost of a season ticket between Tonbridge and London has risen by more than 36 per cent in the past four years and the group fears people could be priced out of travelling to London. Kathy Pratt, of the protest group, said: If you want people to continue paying taxes, you've got to let them get to work. If they lose their job because they can't afford to travel into London, ultimately you are going to be worse off.'

- How did Southeastern respond?

A Southeastern spokesperson said: 'It's the Government's stated policy that passengers should pay more towards the cost of their journey and taxpayers contribute less.'

- How did the media cover it?

The story was covered by BBC local news, which focused on the criticism Southeastern faced during January for increasing some fares by more than 12 per cent after travellers had suffered severe disruption due to two periods of heavy snow during November and December.

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