Tony Clayton, chairman of Sevenoaks Rail Travellers’ Association, expressed his anger at the failure of the proposals and insists the services would have improved greatly.
“We are disappointed because it was all gain and no pain,” he said.
“What was on offer was lower fares for Kent as we would have been brought into line with the TfL price policy and the implementation of the Oyster system would have been a huge benefit.
“Kent commuters are stuck on the ‘fare escalator’, which has driven up rail travel costs across the whole of the county faster than almost anywhere else in the country.
“The proposals would have meant lower fares and better service and it’s disappointing that the county council have not seen this.”