Cuffley train fares could be cut
PUBLISHED: 16:55 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:33 26 October 2009
TRAIN fares from Cuffley to London could be cut, after a new review of London s zonal transport system was announced. London Mayor Boris Johnson said he would analyse a number of rail, bus and Tube zone boundaries in the capital, following complaints that
TRAIN fares from Cuffley to London could be cut, after a new review of London's zonal transport system was announced.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said he would analyse a number of rail, bus and Tube zone boundaries in the capital, following complaints that commuters are being charged unfairly.
And passenger watchdog London Travel Watch believes Cuffley, which is currently outside the London travel area, should be moved into Zone 6.
Such a move would lead to a reduction in ticket prices.
Group spokeswoman Jo deBank said: "We think it is sensible to include Cuffley in the zonal system by moving it into Zone 6 - this would benefit passengers enormously.
"There's a strong case for a review of the zone as it is now, and this station should benefit."
News of the review has been welcomed by politicians.
Cuffley's MP Charles Walker said: "I would be in favour of anything that would decrease the cost of travelling for my constituents.
"I will certainly communicate with Boris on their behalf."
And Welwyn Hatfield councillor John Mansfield, who lives in Cuffley, agreed the village's "busy" station should be included in Zone 6.
"It isn't only Northaw and Cuffley residents that use the station, a lot of people from Goffs Oak, Cheshunt and Newgate Street use it too," he said.
"Anything that would benefit residents, including those in the wider catchment area, would be a good thing."
Commuters have also welcomed Mr Johnson's announcement.
Nicola Mellis, 23, from Goffs Oak, said: "A reduction in fares would give us more value for money.
"We pay too much for an average service that seems to have the slightest problem with any difficult weather situation."
Another rail user, who asked not to be named, said: "I think it is something that definitely needs to happen.
"People who live outside the zones get stung on travel costs, which seems unfair as they still live within a commutable distance from London.
"We need all the help we can get during the credit crunch and a reduction in rail fares would certainly help."
* What do you think? Should Cuffley be included in Zone 6? What about other stations in the London catchment area?
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