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‘We will freeze rail fare increases in Crawley for 5 years’ say Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will freeze rail fare increases for Crawley commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, while fixing the broken fares and ticketing system.

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According to their plans the Liberal Democrats say that their government would cancel the 2.8% rail fare increase planned for December 2018 and freeze Crawley commuter fares and season tickets for the entirety of the next five years.

By doing this they say they would save season ticket holders from Crawley to London, £1,693.98 over the next five years but also admit the policy would expected to cost approximately £1.6 billion.

They also say they will overhaul ticketing by simplifying the system, looking to create season tickets for part-time commuters and introducing early-bird fares.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Crawley, Khalil Yousuf said:

“Under the Tories, Crawley commuters have been catastrophically let down. People are paying way over the odds for what has often been an appalling service.

“The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future by freezing fares from Crawley to London for the next five years, saving local commuters hundreds of pounds. We will properly invest in fixing our creaking rail network to improve capacity and reduce overcrowding, so Crawley commuters are no longer treated like cattle.

“But this is about more than just providing more funding. We will also strip rail companies of franchises if they don’t meet the standards expected of them anddevelop new transport mutual companies to foster alternative competition.”

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Roll-out of vaccine is a feat our country can be proud of

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The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine is a feat which our country can be proud of. I am grateful for the dedication of NHS staff and all the workers and volunteers involved in protecting our nation at this time.

At locations throughout Sussex, including at Crawley Hospital, people are receiving Covid vaccines as part of our fightback against the virus.

There are now more than 1,000 GP services and over 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider for the vaccination programme locally and they are looking for people to play their part in the vaccine roll-out.

The NHS are calling for potential vaccinators and volunteers to help protect millions of people from Covid, and want people who are able to work as flexibly as possible, including at evenings and weekends. I am grateful to everyone who has signed up already with more opportunities still available.

If you would like to help or are interested in finding out more, please click here for information from the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, and click here if you are interested in other volunteering opportunities as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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