Rezone Kingston and Surbiton stations
In the last year, I have been making real progress in my long-running campaign to re-zone Kingston and Surbiton railway stations to zone 5. You can read the history of the campaign here.
South West Trains support rezoning. Transport for London support it. As do Transport Ministers.
But Tory Chancellor George Osborne doesn’t.
Lib Dem Councillors have been fantastic – helping with a critical study last Autumn that gave detailed figures on costs which helped prove our case. This study shows rail commuters across Kingston and Surbiton would collectively save a massive £6 million a year – with some saving £300 a year.
Of course rezoning has to be paid for – and I’ve persuaded Lib Dem Treasury Minister, Danny Alexander, to back the campaign. However Conservative Chancellor, George Osborne, is proving stubborn. He is the last stumbling block to rezoning.
So I need your help.
I need you to do two things.
Firstly, please sign our new petition – addressed directly to George Osborne – below.
Secondly, please consider voting Liberal Democrat in Thursday’s council elections. We need to send a clear message to the Conservative Chancellor that his stubbornness is costing his party votes. It’s not money George Osbourne really understands – it’s votes. And every Conservative returned in the Royal Borough sends a message to him that local people are content paying zone 6 fares for zone 5 journeys.
The arguments for rezoning our local stations are overwhelming – we have had the worst deal in London since Labour introduced fare zones back in 2007. It’s time local commuters got some help with these unfair fares.
Sign the petition
Dear Chancellor of the Exchequer,
Commuters from Kingston and Surbiton train stations have been unfairly treated since 2007, when the last Government introduced zonal pricing, and many of our rail ticket prices rocketed up by as much as 38%. Everyone else now agrees we should re-zone these two stations – so it’s now down to you.
I call on you to end this unfairness and enable Kingston and Surbiton stations to be rezoned to zone 5.