MP Julian Huppert, who has been lobbying the government to reduce rail fares, will join a cross-party debate on Friday (January 16) on the issue.
He has been invited to take part in the panel discussion organised by Cambridge University Railway Club. It will include prospective parliamentary candidates for the parties fighting the May general election and representatives from Network Rail, Passenger Focus and the Campaign for Better Transport.
Julian, who recently tabled a Commons’ motion ahead of the latest rail fare increase, has been fighting to make train travel more affordable.
“Our train fares are among the highest in the world,” he said, “and they went up a massive 66 per cent under Labour. We have been putting pressure on the government to bring fares down and they have been reduced so that now they only rise in line with inflation.
“But we need to go further and reduce them in real terms. It makes sense to encourage people to use the train, not just to commute to work but as a viable alternative to other forms of travel. It eases congestion and pollution; but people won’t use a service that is unaffordable.”
The debate aims to raise awareness of rail financing and specific party policies on rail travel.
“I welcome this debate,” said Julian, “because it gives people the opportunity to understand how our train network is funded, the pressures we face and how we can address the issues.”
The event will take place at the Riley Auditorium, Clare College Memorial Court, Queen’s Road Cambridge at 7.30pm.