• Liberal Democrats call for fare freeze as cost of living crisis continues
  • Annual season ticket for Eastbourne commuters forecasted to reach £6,403.27 for the first time

With a rail fare increase of 5.9% due on Sunday 5 March, the cost of an annual season ticket for Eastbourne commuters will rise by the most in a decade despite the cost of living crisis worsening. 

Annual season ticket prices between Eastbourne and London will rise by £316.48.

By 2027, the total cumulative increase for annual season ticket prices for Eastbourne commuters is forecasted to be £4,733.88, if the Government does not freeze rail fares. The rise comes despite reduced services compared to pre-pandemic timetables. 

Josh Babarinde, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Eastbourne, said:

“It is outrageous to hike rail fares in the middle of a cost of living crisis. This Conservative Government is completely out of touch.

“Ministers cannot keep turning a blind eye to these problems, especially given people are paying more for less on our rail network with fewer trains running or even on time.

“I am calling for a fair deal for people in Eastbourne with an immediate fare freeze to help families struggling under the cost of living crisis this Government created.

“We should be making green forms of transport cheaper, yet this Conservative Government is determined to make rail more expensive than ever before.”